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complacency

noun com·pla·cen·cy \kəm-ˈplā-sən(t)-sē\

: a feeling of being satisfied with how things are and not wanting to try to make them better : a complacent feeling or condition

plural com·pla·cen·cies

Full Definition of COMPLACENCY

1
:  self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies
2
:  an instance of usually unaware or uninformed self-satisfaction

Examples of COMPLACENCY

  1. The public was lulled into complacency.
  2. <a momentary complacency that was quickly dispelled by the shock of cold reality>
  3. He sees a dangerous sense of complacency about the U.S. stock market—where investors were emboldened after the 1998 downturn was followed by a resounding snapback. —Bernard Wysocki, Jr., Wall Street Journal, 3 Aug. 1999

Origin of COMPLACENCY

(see complacent)
First Known Use: 1650
COMPLACENCIES Defined for Kids

complacency

noun com·pla·cen·cy \kəm-ˈplā-sən-sē\

Definition of COMPLACENCY for Kids

:  a feeling of being satisfied with the way things are and not wanting to make them better

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