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complacent

adjective com·pla·cent \kəm-ˈplā-sənt\

: satisfied with how things are and not wanting to change them

Full Definition of COMPLACENT

1
:  marked by self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies :  marked by complacency :  self-satisfied <a complacent smile>
2
:  complaisant 1
3
com·pla·cent·ly adverb

Examples of COMPLACENT

  1. The strong economy has made people complacent.
  2. We have grown too complacent over the years.
  3. We can't afford to be complacent about illiteracy.
  4. … I gazed at my mother's poised, beautiful profile as her face turned from side to side, calm or complacent, accepting what the route offered. —Donald Hall, Atlantic, October 1996

Origin of COMPLACENT

Latin complacent-, complacens, present participle of complacēre to please greatly, from com- + placēre to please — more at please
First Known Use: 1760

Rhymes with COMPLACENT

COMPLACENTLY Defined for Kids

complacent

adjective com·pla·cent \kəm-ˈplā-sənt\

Definition of COMPLACENT for Kids

:  feeling or showing satisfaction and lack of worry or caution <His team became complacent in the second half and lost the game.>

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