complacency

noun
com·​pla·​cen·​cy | \ kəm-ˈplā-sᵊn(t)-sē \
plural complacencies

Definition of complacency

1 : self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies When it comes to safety, complacency can be dangerous.
2 : an instance of usually unaware or uninformed self-satisfaction

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Examples of complacency in a Sentence

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 He spoke, however, with resignation, even complacency, rather than anguish. — Harriet Ritvo, The Platypus and The Mermaid, 1997 … you say to yourself, "OK, why did it happen? Why did we make those bad engineering decisions we made in 1967 and 1986 with Challenger?" I'll tell you. It's the human element. And I suggest that there's a complacency there that comes from success. — Alan Shepard, Yankee, October 1991 Tony Brace lived in Richmond, in circumstances of impeccable domestic content. Matthew and Susan had visited, in the early days of their marriage; driving home, they had mocked the décor and the connubial complacency. — Penelope Lively, City Of The Mind, 1991 The public was lulled into complacency. a momentary complacency that was quickly dispelled by the shock of cold reality
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But Grodner seemed to understand that refusing complacency was what made the band significant. August Brown, latimes.com, "Joe Cardamone of the Icarus Line finds faith in music after a string of tragedies," 20 June 2018 The criticism has the optimism built in, complacency does not. Eric Johnson, Recode, "If you can quit social media, but don’t, then you’re part of the problem, Jaron Lanier says," 27 July 2018 Sounding the Complacency Alarm Two of the biggest names in financial markets are sounding warnings against complacency in the global economic outlook. Joanna Ossinger, Bloomberg.com, "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 8 Jan. 2018 This is a stark reminder that our complacency is killing us. German Lopez, Vox, "The limousine crash in Schoharie, New York, is the deadliest transportation accident in the US since a plane crash in 2009.," 8 Oct. 2018 The politics are never spelled out, but the movie plays like a farce about political complacency written by Potter in response to Britain’s Brexit vote, and the results of the presidential election across the pond. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "Sally Potter's 'The Party' is a caustic political farce," 21 Feb. 2018 Relentlessly driven and motivated by competition for competition's sake, Saban has engineered a complacency-proof program in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Creg Stephenson, AL.com, "Alabama vs. Georgia National Championship 2018: Live stream, watch online, score, TV channel," 8 Jan. 2018 Relentlessly driven and motivated by competition for competition's sake, Saban has engineered a complacency-proof program in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Ralph D. Russo, Houston Chronicle, "Nick Saban's drive strong as ever as he goes for 6th title," 7 Jan. 2018 Along the way, this backdoor process has been abetted by Republican complacency, with the Affordable Clean Energy rule being just the latest example. Paul H. Tice, WSJ, "Trump’s Half-Measures Won’t Save the Coal Industry," 16 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of complacency

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for complacency

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complacency

noun

English Language Learners Definition of complacency

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

complacency

noun
com·​pla·​cen·​cy | \ kəm-ˈplā-sᵊn-sē \

Kids Definition of complacency

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

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