- a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like; self-satisfaction or smug satisfaction with an existing situation, condition, etc.
- friendly civility; inclination to please; complaisance.
- a civil act.
Origin of complacency
Examples from the Web for complacence
A politician will only be as resolute as the citizen, and Indian sensitivities have been dulled by a culture of complacence.Mumbai's Dangerous Amnesia
November 25, 2009
The harm which she has done me does not permit of that complacence.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete
Madame La Marquise De Montespan
Yes, I shall say, with the complacence of one who thinks that he has made a noble discovery.Theaetetus
Was it complacence or suspicion that stirred the liquid in the cyst so smoothly?
She was all complacence and compliment the rest of her visit.
And yet something in this complacence of hers bewildered him.Doom Castle
- a feeling of satisfaction, esp extreme self-satisfaction; smugness
- an obsolete word for complaisance
Word Origin and History for complacence
mid-15c., "pleasure," from Medieval Latin complacentia "satisfaction, pleasure," from Latin complacentem (nominative complacens), present participle of complacere "to be very pleasing," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + placere "to please" (see please). Sense of "pleased with oneself" is 18c.