from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or character of being placid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being placid.

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  • noun The state or quality of being placid.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a feeling of calmness; a quiet and undisturbed feeling


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From placid +‎ -ness


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