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complacency

[kuh m-pley-suh n-see]
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noun, plural com·pla·cen·cies.
  1. 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.
  2. Archaic.
    1. friendly civility; inclination to please; complaisance.
    2. a civil act.
Also com·pla·cence [kuh m-pley-suh ns] /kəmˈpleɪ səns/.

Origin of complacency

From the Medieval Latin word complacentia, dating back to 1635–45. See complacent, -cy
Related formsnon·com·pla·cence, nounnon·com·pla·cen·cy, noun, plural non·com·pla·cen·cies.o·ver·com·pla·cence, nouno·ver·com·pla·cen·cy, noun
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Examples from the Web for complacencies

Historical Examples

  • No one else can have part in any complacencies arising from it.

    The Crown of Wild Olive</p>

    John Ruskin

  • They fell to talking of their father; drifted to Anne and Anne's limitations and complacencies.

    Sisters

    Kathleen Norris


British Dictionary definitions for complacencies

complacency

complacence

noun plural -cencies or -cences
  1. a feeling of satisfaction, esp extreme self-satisfaction; smugness
  2. an obsolete word for complaisance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for complacencies

complacency

n.

1640s, from same source as complacence but with the later form of the suffix (see -cy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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