Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Contented self-satisfaction.
  • noun Total lack of concern.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Disposition to please, or an act intended to give pleasure; friendly civility, or a civil act. See complaisance (now generally used in this sense).
  • noun A feeling of quiet pleasure; satisfaction; gratification; especially, self-satisfaction.
  • noun That which gives satisfaction; a cause of pleasure or joy; a comfort.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Calm contentment; satisfaction; gratification.
  • noun The cause of pleasure or joy.
  • noun The manifestation of contentment or satisfaction; good nature; kindness; civility; affability.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun archaic Being complacent; a feeling of contentment or satisfaction; complacency.
  • noun obsolete Pleasure, delight.
  • noun obsolete Complaisance; a willingness to comply with others' wishes.

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

  • noun the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself

Etymologies

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From mediaeval Latin complacentia, from Latin complaceo ("please").

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