complacent

[ kuhm-pley-suhnt ]
/ kəmˈpleɪ sənt /

WATCH NOW: Is "Complacent" A Negative Or Positive Word?

WATCH NOW: Is "Complacent" A Negative Or Positive Word?

Nowadays, "complacent" is seen as such a negative word. Which is funny because, originally, it was actually kind of a positive word.

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adjective

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

1650–60; < Latin complacent- (stem of complacēns, present participle of complacēre to take the fancy of, please, equivalent to com- com- + placēre to please

Related forms

Can be confused

complacent complaisant compliant
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British Dictionary definitions for complacent

complacent

/ (kəmˈpleɪsənt) /

adjective

pleased or satisfied, esp extremely self-satisfied
an obsolete word for complaisant

Derived Forms

complacently, adverb

Word Origin for complacent

C17: from Latin complacēns very pleasing, from complacēre to be most agreeable to, from com- (intensive) + placēre to please
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