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
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.
In Troy, New York, two women, both named Helen, carry on seemingly complacent existences with their respective partners.
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Origin and Etymology of complacent
Latin complacent-, complacens, present participle of complacēre to please greatly, from com- + placēre to please — more at please
First Known Use: 1760
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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