complacence

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kəmˈpleɪsəns/

Noun[edit]

complacence (uncountable)

  1. (archaic) Being complacent; a feeling of contentment or satisfaction; complacency.
    • Atterbury
      The inward complacence we find in acting reasonably and virtuously.
  2. (obsolete) Pleasure, delight.
    • Milton
      O thou, my sole complacence.
  3. (obsolete) Complaisance; a willingness to comply with others' wishes.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, pp. 33-4:
      He told his sister, if she pleased, the new-born infant should be bred up together with little Tommy; to which she consented, though with some little reluctance: for she had truly a great complacence for her brother [...].

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