Complacence Com*pla"cence, Complacency Com*pla"cen*cy, n. [LL. complacentia: cf. F. complaisance. See {Complacent}, and cf. {Complaisance}.] 1. Calm contentment; satisfaction; gratification. [1913 Webster]

The inward complacence we find in acting reasonably and virtuously. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

Others proclaim the infirmities of a great man with satisfaction and complacency, if they discover none of the like in themselves. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. The cause of pleasure or joy. ``O thou, my sole complacence.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. The manifestation of contentment or satisfaction; good nature; kindness; civility; affability. [1913 Webster]

Complacency, and truth, and manly sweetness, Dwell ever on his tongue, and smooth his thoughts. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

With mean complacence ne'er betray your trust. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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