What does complacent mean?

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kəmˈpleɪ səntcom·pla·cent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. complacent, self-satisfied, self-complacentadjective

    contented to a fault with oneself or one's actions

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

Wiktionary

  1. complacentadjective

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

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

  2. complacentadjective

    Apathetic with regard to an apparent need or problem.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Complacentadjective

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

    Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. COMPLACENT

    too confident and relaxed because you think you can deal with something easily, even though this may not be true;a feeling of calm satisfaction with your own abilities or situation that prevents you from trying harder;pleased, especially with oneself or one's merits, advantages, situation, etc., often without awareness of some potential danger or defect;pleasant; complaisant;a feeling of calm satisfaction with your own abilities or situation that prevents you from trying harder;marked by self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies : marked by complacency : SELF-SATISFIED; UNCONCERNED;apathetic,disinterested, incurious, indifferent, insensible, insouciant, nonchalant, perfunctory, pococurante, unconcerned, uncurious, uninterested;Uncritically satisfied with oneself or one's achievements;Apathetic with regard to an apparent need or problem.smug, pleased with yourself, resting on your laurels, pleased, contented, satisfied, gratified, serene, unconcerned, self-righteous, self-assured, self-contented;Careless and casual,careless,casual,complacency; complacent, self-satisfied, self-complacent,contented to a fault with oneself or one's actions.

    With regular appreciation, the employees will not become complacent in their work.

    Submitted by anonymous on June 14, 2020  

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Numerology

  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

Examples of complacent in a Sentence

  1. Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana:

    This virus has affected thousands of our people and has nearly brought our country to its knees, we all have a collective responsibility to break the chains of transmission by isolating the sick and reporting all known contacts, by not touching the dead ... We cannot be complacent. We must work together as a nation to end Ebola now.

  2. Paul Newman:

    I'd like to be remembered as a guy who tried - who tried to be part of his times, tried to help people communicate with one another, tried to find some decency in his own life, tried to extend himself as a human being. Someone who isn't complacent, who doesn't cop out.

  3. Huw Evans:

    In the UK, the real political uncertainty for our sector comes from the dual and interconnected possibility that the UK could leave the EU and that the UK could dissolve if Scotland voted to become independent, even five years ago, the likelihood of both would have seemed far more remote than they do now and so we certainly cannot be complacent.

  4. Alan Gayle:

    There are some wicked winds swirling around from a macro perspective and you can't afford to be complacent.

  5. Graeme Chaplin:

    I don't want to come across as complacent - I'll probably go to my next meeting and get an earful ! And that's the point, I'm here to know what we should be hearing about.

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