noun, plural com·pla·cen·cies.
- 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.
The fat pig rolls in wallowing rapture, defying his friends to make pork of him yet, and hugs with complacence unpickleable hams.Mary Anerley|R. D. Blackmore
"Usurped the throne," he replied, assuming an ease and complacence he did not feel.Graustark|George Barr McCutcheon
Behind it there was all the explosive force of a lifetime of pride, complacence, and self-love.The High Heart|Basil King
British Dictionary definitions for complacence
noun plural -cencies or -cences
Word Origin and History for complacence (1 of 2)
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.