Definition of complacency
- When it comes to safety, complacency can be dangerous.
The public was lulled into complacency.
a momentary complacency that was quickly dispelled by the shock of cold reality
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bighead, complacence, conceit, conceitedness, ego, egotism, pomposity, pompousness, pride, pridefulness, self-admiration, self-conceit, self-esteem, self-glory, self-importance, self-love, self-satisfaction, smugness, swelled head, vaingloriousness, vainglory, vainness, vanity;
: a feeling of being satisfied with how things are and not wanting to try to make them better : a complacent feeling or condition
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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