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complacent

[ kuhm-pley-suhnt ]
/ kəmˈpleɪ sənt /
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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.
agreeable and eager to please.

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Origin of complacent

First recorded in 1650–60; from Latin complacent- (stem of complacēns, present participle of complacēre “to take the fancy of, please,” equivalent to com- “with, together, completely” (see com-) + placēre “to seem good” (see please)

OTHER WORDS FROM complacent

com·pla·cent·ly, adverbnon·com·pla·cent, adjectiveo·ver·com·pla·cent, adjectiveun·com·pla·cent, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH complacent

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 of complacent

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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