com·​pla·​cence | \ kəm-ˈplā-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce complacence (audio) \

Definition of complacence

1 : calm or secure satisfaction with oneself or one's lot : self-satisfaction
2 obsolete : complaisance

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Examples of complacence in a Sentence

the complacence of some of the rich kids at the exclusive private school someone who displayed a startling complacence toward his own financial plight
Recent Examples on the Web His complacence is more nauseating than his weakness. Katherine Dunn, The New Yorker, "The Resident Poet," 4 May 2020 There's been a lot of years of complacence from a lot of people who thought everything was OK but weren't really listening to what was going on and what wasn't OK. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Drea Pizziconi Speaks to Contemporary Ills With Cover of Donny Hathaway's 'Tryin' Times': Premiere," 4 Oct. 2019 That sort of complacence doesn't cut it with consumers in China, where the big three telecom providers are expected to roll out 5G networks in most major cities by the end of this year. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why Apple’s Sinking in the World’s Biggest Mobile Market—Data Sheet," 13 Sep. 2019 The Declaration of Indulgence, also called the Declaration for Liberty of Conscience, pushed the complacence of James’s Protestant opponents to its absolute limits. Declan Leary, National Review, "Conservatives Should Not Celebrate Religious Tyranny and Coercion," 19 July 2019 The greatest danger facing American democracy is complacence. Yoni Appelbaum, The Atlantic, "Is the American Idea Doomed?," 10 Oct. 2017 One reason is complacence, because Russia's greenhouse gas emissions have already plummeted since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Angelina Davydova, Science | AAAS, "Russia wants to protect itself from climate change--without reducing carbon emissions," 21 Sep. 2017 Trump saw complacence, laxity, and perhaps even decadence as the crisis of the West. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Trump’s Anti-Cairo Speech," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of complacence

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Complacence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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