- pleased, especially with oneself or one's merits, advantages, situation, etc., often without awareness of some potential danger or defect; self-satisfied: The voters are too complacent to change the government.
- pleasant; complaisant.
Origin of complacent
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Examples from the Web for complacently
Instead he complacently believed that because the Federal Reserve had defeated inflation, all was well with the economy.Bernanke Vs. Summers?
August 26, 2009
"Oh, we had her right the first time," Cassidy admitted, complacently.Within the Law
"I try to be what's fitting," said Mrs. James, complacently.The Incomplete Amorist
“Well—neither am I,” said the man from Arkansas, complacently.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
He walked on complacently as far as the Houses of Parliament.Howards End
E. M. Forster
"We were rather surprised ourselves," Yurt said complacently.Zen
- pleased or satisfied, esp extremely self-satisfied
- an obsolete word for complaisant
Word Origin and History for complacently
1650s, "pleasing," from Latin complacentem (nominative complacens) "pleasing," present participle of complacere "be very pleasing" (see complacence). Meaning "pleased with oneself" is from 1767. Related: Complacently.