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Borrowed from Latin complacens (“very pleasing”), present participle of complacere (“to please at the same time, be very pleasing”), from com- (“together”) + placere (“to please”); see please and compare complaisant.
- Uncritically satisfied with oneself or one's achievements; smug.
- Apathetic with regard to an apparent need or problem.
- Complacent should not be confused with its homophone, complaisant.
uncritically satisfied with oneself or one's achievements
- complacent in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- complacent in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.