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
3 : unconcern

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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

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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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