What does complacent mean?

Definitions for complacentkəmˈpleɪ sənt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. complacent, self-satisfied, self-complacent(adj)

    contented to a fault with oneself or one's actions

    "he had become complacent after years of success"; "his self-satisfied dignity"


  1. complacent(Adjective)

    Uncritically satisfied with oneself or one's achievements; smug.

  2. complacent(Adjective)

    Apathetic with regard to an apparent need or problem.

  3. Origin: From complacens, present participle of complacere, from com- + placere; see please and compare complaisant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Complacent(adj)

    self-satisfied; contented; kindly; as, a complacent temper; a complacent smile

  2. Origin: [L. complacens very pleasing, p. pr. of complacere; com- + placere to please: cf. F. complaisant. See Please and cf. Complaisant.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Complacent

    kom-plā′sent, adj. showing satisfaction: pleased: inclined to please.—ns. Complā′cence, Complā′cency, pleasure: satisfaction: complaisance.—adv. Complā′cently. [L. complacērecom, inten., placēre, to please.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of complacent in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of complacent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Studzinski:

    We are a little bit too complacent at the moment.

  2. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    An ambitious amateur will rise above a complacent master.

  3. Highway Patrol Lt. Troy Hischer:

    We believe it was driver error at this point -- he became complacent, or something else was going on.

  4. John Studzinski:

    2015 and 2016 are going to be very volatile, economically but also politically and socially, we are a little bit too complacent at the moment.

  5. W. Somerset Maugham:

    The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic, and self-complacent is erroneous -- on the contrary, it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant, and kind. It is failure that makes people bitter and cruel.

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