con·​tent·​ment | \ kən-ˈtent-mənt How to pronounce contentment (audio) \

Definition of contentment

1 : the quality or state of being contented There was a look of contentment on her face.
2 : something that contents … states that allow their muscles to spoil them and their contentments to enfeeble them.The New Republic

Examples of contentment in a Sentence

He believes that people can find peace and contentment in living simply. There was a look of perfect contentment on her face.
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First Known Use of contentment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for contentment

Middle English contentement "satisfaction of a claim or debt," borrowed from Anglo-French, from contenter "to satisfy, content entry 3" + -ment -ment

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con·​tent·​ment | \ kən-ˈtent-mənt How to pronounce contentment (audio) \

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: freedom from worry or restlessness : peaceful satisfaction

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