from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state of being contented; satisfaction.
- n. A source of satisfaction: the contentments of a comfortable retirement.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the state or degree of being contented
- n. happiness in one's situation; satisfaction
- n. the neurophysiological experience of satisfaction and being at ease in one's situation, body, and/or mind.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of being contented or satisfied; content.
- n. The act or process of contenting or satisfying.
- n. Gratification; pleasure; satisfaction.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That degree of happiness which consists in being satisfied with present conditions; a quiet, uncomplaining, satisfied mind; content.
- n. Gratification, or means of gratification; satisfaction.
- n. Synonyms Contentment, Satisfaction. Contentment is passive; satisfaction is active. The former is the feeling of one who does not needlessly pine after what is beyond his reach, nor fret at the hardship of his condition; the latter describes the mental condition of one who has all he desires, and feels pleasure in the contemplation of his situation. A needy man may be contented, but can hardly be satisfied. See satisfy, happiness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. happiness with one's situation in life
French contentement; as content + -ment. (Wiktionary)