Fulfillment is a feeling of happiness and satisfaction. It's also the completion of something, like the fulfillment of a promise.

This word has two related meanings. In terms of emotions, fulfillment is a happy, contented feeling. Many people feel fulfillment from being a parent, having a great job, or graduating from school. People often feel fulfillment when something is completed, whether it's a goal or a dream or repair work that you've been waiting on. Which leads to the other meaning of fulfillment — the act of finishing or doing something that was promised.

Definitions of fulfillment

n the act of consummating something (a desire or promise etc)

self-fulfillment, self-realisation, self-realization
the fulfillment of your capacities
Type of:
the act of bringing to completion or fruition

n a feeling of satisfaction at having achieved your desires

Type of:
the contentment one feels when one has fulfilled a desire, need, or expectation

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