Definitions for complacencykəmˈpleɪ sən si; -səns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

com•pla•cen•cykəmˈpleɪ sən si; -səns(n.)(pl.)-cies.

also com•pla•cence

  1. a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of, or unconcerned with, unpleasant realities or harmful possibilities; self-satisfaction; smugness.

Origin of complacency:

1635–45; < ML

Princeton's WordNet

  1. complacency, complacence, self-complacency, self-satisfaction(noun)

    the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself

    "his complacency was absolutely disgusting"

Wiktionary

  1. complacency(Noun)

    A feeling of contented self-satisfaction, especially when unaware of upcoming trouble.

    "There was something pathetic in his concentration as if his complacency, more acute than of old, was not enough to him any more. When, almost immediately, the telephone rang inside and the butler left the porch Daisy seized upon the momentary interruption and leaned toward me." --F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Chapter 1

  2. complacency(Noun)

    An instance of self-satisfaction

Webster Dictionary

  1. Complacency(noun)

    calm contentment; satisfaction; gratification

  2. Complacency(noun)

    the cause of pleasure or joy

  3. Complacency(noun)

    the manifestation of contentment or satisfaction; good nature; kindness; civility; affability


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