What does complacency mean?

Definitions for complacencykəmˈpleɪ sən si; -səns

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word complacency.

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"


  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

  4. Origin: [LL. complacentia: cf. F. complaisance. See Complacent, and cf. Complaisance.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of complacency in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of complacency in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Margaret Chan:

    We must maintain our vigilance, Complacency would be our enemy.

  2. Simon Clegg:

    Things are on track and on schedule but there is no complacency on my part.

  3. Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.:

    To take the measure of oneself by reference to one's colleagues leads to envy or complacency rather than constructive self-examination.

  4. Charles Lamb:

    Nothing to me is more distasteful than that entire complacency and satisfaction which beam in the countenances of a newly married couple.

  5. Andy Tian:

    I would use the phrase 'convergence of ignorance and complacency', ignorance on the side of Apple, complacency on the side of Chinese companies.

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