complacent

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Etymology[edit]

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.

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complacent (comparative more complacent, superlative most complacent)

  1. Uncritically satisfied with oneself or one's achievements; smug.
    • 2021 June 29, Phil McNulty, “England 2-0 Germany”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      England will feel confident but not complacent against Ukraine, and the shock exit of France to Switzerland shows no-one can be taken lightly.
  2. Apathetic with regard to an apparent need or problem.

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  • Complacent should not be confused with its homophone, complaisant.

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Verb[edit]

complacent

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of complaceō