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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contented, contentadjective

    satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are

    "a contented smile"


  1. contentedadjective


Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Contentedparticipial adj.

    Satisfied; at quiet; not repining; not demanding more; easy, though not plenarily happy.

    Etymology: from content.

    Barbarossa, in hope by sufferance to obtain another kingdom, seemed contented with the answer. Richard Knolles, History.

    Dream not of other worlds,
    Contended that thus far has been reveal’d,
    Not of earth only, but of highest heav’n. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    If he can descry
    Some nobler foe approach, to him he calls,
    And begs his fate, and then contented falls. John Denham.

    To distant lands Vertumnus never roves,
    Like you, contented with his native groves. Alexander Pope.


  1. contented

    Contentment is an emotional state of satisfaction that can be seen as a mental state drawn from being at ease in one's situation, body and mind. Colloquially speaking, contentment could be a state of having accepted one's situation and is a milder and more tentative form of happiness.Contentment and the pursuit of contentment are a central thread through many philosophical or religious schools across diverse cultures, times and geographies. Siddhartha, the founder of Buddhism, once said "Health is the most precious gain and contentment, the greatest wealth". John Stuart Mill, centuries later, would write "I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them." Marcus Aurelius wrote "Live with the gods. And he who does so constantly shows them that his soul is satisfied with what is assigned to them." Hebrews 13:5 reads "Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'" Chinese philosopher Zhuang Zhou once wrote in the 3rd century BCE, "A gentleman who profoundly penetrates all things and is in harmony with their transformations will be contented with whatever time may bring. He follows the course of nature in whatever situation he may be."The literature above all states that contentment is a state which is ideally reached through being happy with what a person has, as opposed to achieving one's larger ambitions. Socrates described this by saying, "He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have." There are a number of elements of achievement that make finding a state of personal contentment easier, such as a strong family unit, a strong local community, and satisfaction of life's basic needs as expressed in Maslow's hierarchy of needs. In general, the more needs in Maslow's hierarchy are achieved, the more easily one might achieve contentment.


  1. contented

    Contented refers to feeling or expressing satisfaction with one's possessions, status, or situation; being happy and at ease; and having a sense of fulfillment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contentedadjective

    content; easy in mind; satisfied; quiet; willing

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contented in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contented in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of contented in a Sentence

  1. Charles Lamb:

    My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more.

  2. American Proverb:

    A contented mind is a continual feast.

  3. Kathleen Norris:

    When you are unhappy, is there anything more maddening than to be told that you should be contented with your lot?

  4. Sir James MacKintosh:

    It is right to be contented with what we have, never with what we are.

  5. Frank Tyger:

    Progress is not created by contented people.

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