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kənˈtɛnt məntcon·tent·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contentmentnoun

    happiness with one's situation in life


  1. contentmentnoun

    the state or degree of being contented

  2. contentmentnoun

    happiness in one's situation; satisfaction

  3. contentmentnoun

    the neurophysiological experience of satisfaction and being at ease in one's situation, body, and/or mind.

  4. Etymology: contentement; as content + -ment.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Contentmentnoun

    Etymology: from content, the verb.

    Such men’s contentment must be wrought by stratagem: the usual method of fare is not for them. Richard Hooker, b. iv. s. 8.

    Submission is the only reasoning between a creature and its Maker, and contentment in his will is the best remedy we can apply to misfortunes. Temple.

    Contentment, without external honour, is humility; without the pleasure of eating, temperance. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmol.

    Some place the bliss in action, some in ease,
    Those call it pleasure, and contentment these. Alexander Pope, Essays.

    But now no face divine contentment wears,
    ’Tis all blank sadness, or continual tears. Alexander Pope.

    At Paris the prince spent one whole day, to give his mind some contentment in viewing of a famous city. Henry Wotton.


  1. Contentment

    Contentment is an emotional state of satisfaction that can be seen as a mental state, maybe 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 possibly a central thread through many philosophical or religious schools across diverse cultures, times and geographies. Siddharta might have 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 (hypothetically) "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 seems to generally agree that contentment is maybe a state ideally reached through being happy with what a person has, as opposed to achieving one's larger ambitions, as Socrates described by probably saying "He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have." That said, there may be a number of elements of achievement that may make finding a state of personal contentment easier: a strong family unit, a strong local community, and satisfaction of life's basic needs as perhaps 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. contentment

    Contentment can be defined as a state of satisfaction, fulfillment, and peace with one's current circumstances or life in general. It is characterized by a sense of inner peace, happiness, and acceptance of one's situation, without excessive desire for more or constant longing for what is lacking. Contentment involves a positive mindset of appreciating and making the best of what one has, rather than focusing on what is missing or comparing oneself to others. It is a state of being content with life as it is, rather than constantly seeking external sources of happiness or fulfillment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contentmentverb

    the state of being contented or satisfied; content

  2. Contentmentverb

    the act or process of contenting or satisfying; as, the contentment of avarice is impossible

  3. Contentmentverb

    gratification; pleasure; satisfaction

  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. contentement. See Content, v. t.]


  1. Contentment

    Contentment is the acknowledgement and satisfaction of reaching capacity. The level of capacity reached may be sought after, expected, desired, or simply predetermined as the level in which provides contentment.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contentment in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contentment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of contentment in a Sentence

  1. Clifford Villalon:

    People go fishing because of needs. People swim because of wants. People fish and swim even in unpredictable waters for contentment.

  2. Robert Southey:

    It is not for man to rest in absolute contentment. He is born to hopes and aspirations as the sparks fly upward, unless he has brutified his nature and quenched the spirit of immortality which is his portion.

  3. Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey:

    Please write again soon. Though my own life is filled with activity, letters encourage momentary escape into others lives and I come back to my own with greater contentment.

  4. John Weiss:

    The laughter of a man is the contentment of God.

  5. Tamaey Gottuso:

    Expectations of anyone or of any thing will lead u down the road of disappointment. Set your Intention today to let go and ALLOW others to follow their path as u follow yours. Look deeply within yourself, what is your FEAR? What r u so afraid of? Contentment is a SOUL/SOLE journey that u must travel alone, expecting another to fill YOUR void is unfair and selfish.

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