Examples of complacent in a Sentence
… 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
Mr. Davis organized his second great quintet in the mid-60's, but by then jazz had taken a new turn and many felt he had become passé, a complacent peacock. —Gary Giddins, New York Times Book Review, 15 Oct. 1989
… he hopes to break through the reader's complacent indifference, make him aware of his predicament, and force him to take sides. —Monroe K. Spears, American Ambitions, 1987
Lord Lathkill … was so completely unostentatious, so very willing to pay all the attention to me, and yet so subtly complacent, so unquestionably sure of his position. —D. H. Lawrence, The Complete Short Stories Volume III, (1922) 1981
The strong economy has made people complacent.
We have grown too complacent over the years.
We can't afford to be complacent about illiteracy.
Recent Examples of complacent from the Web
The Reserve Bank of Australia is hoping Aussies don't get too complacent about their miserly pay gains.
Many of our interviewees, including executives from leading real estate and development companies in China, Singapore and Hong Kong, seemed complacent about the looming crisis.
The paradox of today’s Russia is that the elites are complacent because President Vladimir Putin’s system looks unshakable, and the opposition is largely passive because Putin’s standing seems unassailable.
The coaching/conditioning staff has seemed complacent over the years.
To imagine that critical digital systems at the heart of nuclear weapon systems are somehow immune or can be confidently protected by dedicated teams of network managers is to be irresponsibly complacent.
Investors have become too complacent and monetary, fiscal, trade and geopolitical risks abound, Pimco’s Richard Clarida, Andrew Balls and Dan Ivascyn said in a report issued Wednesday.
Even after a glut of media reports last year on the publication of an alarming book that exposed a rampant practice of fake fish being sold as real fish, complacent consumers are still being duped.
But Cleveland got complacent, Boston got hot and the Celtics, who arrived at Quicken Loans Arena looking somewhat defeated, never gave up.
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COMPLACENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of complacent for English Language Learners
: satisfied with how things are and not wanting to change them
COMPLACENT Defined for Kids
Definition of complacent for Students
: 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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