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Borrowed from Latin complacēns (“very pleasing”), present participle of complacēre (“to please at the same time, be very pleasing”), from com- (“together”) + placēre (“to please”); see please and compare complaisant.
- Uncritically satisfied with oneself or one's achievements; smug.
- 2021 June 29, Phil McNulty, “England 2-0 Germany”, in BBC Sport:
- England will feel confident but not complacent against Ukraine, and the shock exit of France to Switzerland shows no-one can be taken lightly.
- 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