complacence

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Etymology[edit]

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

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complacence (countable and uncountable, plural complacences)

  1. (archaic) Being complacent; a feeling of contentment or satisfaction; complacency.
    • 1703 June 10 (Gregorian calendar), Francis Atterbury, “A Sermon Preached at St. Paul’s before the Lord Mayor. May 30, 1703”, in Thomas Moore, editor, Sermons on Several Occasions. [], volume II, London: [] George James []; and sold by C. Davis, [], published 1734, OCLC 953567982, page 106:
      [T]he inward Complacence we find in acting reaſonably and vertuouſly, and the Diſquiet we feel from vicious Choices and Purſuits, is protracted beyond the Acts themſelves from whence it aroſe, and renewed often upon our Souls, by diſtant Reflections; []
  2. (obsolete) Delight, pleasure.
  3. (obsolete) Complaisance; a willingness to comply with others' wishes.

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