complacency

[ kuh m-pley-suh n-see ]
/ kəmˈpleɪ sən si /

noun, plural com·pla·cen·cies.

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.
Archaic.
  1. friendly civility; inclination to please; complaisance.
  2. a civil act.

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  1. compile,
  2. compiled language,
  3. compiler,
  4. compiègne,
  5. complacence,
  6. complacent,
  7. complain,
  8. complainant,
  9. complainer,
  10. complaint

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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British Dictionary definitions for complacency

complacency

complacence

/ (kəmˈpleɪsənsɪ) /

noun plural -cencies or -cences

a feeling of satisfaction, esp extreme self-satisfaction; smugness
an obsolete word for complaisance
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Word Origin and History for complacency

complacency

n.

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

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