What does complacency mean?

Definitions for complacency
kəmˈpleɪ sən si; -sənscom·pla·cen·cy

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word complacency.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. complacency, complacence, self-complacency, self-satisfactionnoun

    the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself

    "his complacency was absolutely disgusting"


  1. complacencynoun

    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. complacencynoun

    An instance of self-satisfaction

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Complacence, Complacencynoun

    Etymology: complacentia, low Latin.

    I by conversing cannot these erect
    From prone, nor in their ways complacence find. John Milton.

    When the supreme faculties move regularly, the inferior affections following, there arises a serenity and complacency upon the whole soul. South.

    Diseases extremely lessen the complacence we have in all the good things of this life. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    Others proclaim the infirmities of a great man with satisfaction and complacency, if they discover none of the like in themselves. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 256.

    O thou, in heav’n and earth the only peace
    Found out for mankind under wrath! O thou,
    My sole complacence! John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. iii. l. 274.

    They were not satisfied with their governour, and apprehensive of his rudeness and want of complacency. Edward Hyde.

    His great humanity appeared in the benevolence of his aspect, the complacency of his behaviour, and the tone of his voice. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 39.

    Complacency and truth, and manly sweetness,
    Dwell ever on his tongue, and smooth his thoughts. Addis.

    With mean complacence ne’er betray your trust,
    Nor be so civil as to prove unjust. Alexander Pope, Ess. Crit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Complacencynoun

    calm contentment; satisfaction; gratification

  2. Complacencynoun

    the cause of pleasure or joy

  3. Complacencynoun

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

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

How to pronounce complacency?

How to say complacency in sign language?


  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

Examples of complacency in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Dean:

    We can not flip back into complacency.

  2. Aesop:

    Don't let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth -- don't let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.

  3. Don Bright:

    It has been complacency more than anything else, markets have been in a narrow trading range for quite a while. I don't see a lot of intra day volatility and there is no direction that's really coming from anywhere.

  4. Ricky Boyett:

    The fear is complacency, people will look at the system and believe they're safe, but they're not.

  5. Larry Benson:

    Tsunamis can be very destructive when they strike densely populated areas, so an historical example should be a wake-up call against complacency.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for complacency

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for complacency »


Find a translation for the complacency definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"complacency." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 1 Apr. 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/complacency>.

Discuss these complacency definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for complacency? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    an undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting
    • A. accident
    • B. integrity
    • C. investigating
    • D. substitute

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for complacency: