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  • n. Careful thought or consideration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of excogitating; a devising in the thoughts; invention; contrivance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A thinking out; the act of devising in the mind; contrivance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. thinking something out with care in order to achieve complete understanding of it
  • n. the creation of something in the mind


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  • Right or wrong, Rumour was very busy; and Lord Decimus, while he was, or was supposed to be, in stately excogitation of the difficulty, lent her some countenance by taking, on several public occasions, one of those elephantine trots of his through a jungle of overgrown sentences, waving

    Little Dorrit

  • Nobody can come to the knowledge of an event by his own reflection, by excogitation.

    The Bible and preaching

  • And it was admittedly not an excogitation of the Brahmanical mind itself.

    Oriental Religions and Christianity A Course of Lectures Delivered on the Ely Foundation Before the Students of Union Theological Seminary, New York, 1891

  • When we are alone, we are not always busy; the labour of excogitation is too violent to last long; the ardour of inquiry will sometimes give way to idleness or satiety.

    A History of English Prose Fiction

  • The subtiltie of which, no humane excogitation is able to imitate.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • After much excogitation, she had decided to leave the roses in her hair, but it had taken her ten minutes to summon up courage to go downstairs.

    The Californians

  • 'My advice, however, is, that you attempt, from time to time, an original sermon; and in the labour of composition, do not burthen your mind with too much at once; do not exact from yourself at one effort of excogitation, propriety of thought and elegance of expression.

    Life of Johnson

  • "Yes," agreed the young man, though with a lilt of dubiety, and a frown of excogitation, as if he weren't sure that he had quite caught her drift.

    My Friend Prospero

  • With a diagram of these printed on the brain he had full command of the phrases which his excogitation had attached to them, and which embodied the ideas in perfect form.

    My Mark Twain (from Literary Friends and Acquaintance)

  • After about half an hour's excogitation, a brilliant idea at last flashed across him; he had found in a tobacconist's window something to write about!



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