[ 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.
- friendly civility; inclination to please; complaisance.
- a civil act.
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Also com·pla·cence [kuh m-pley-suh ns] /kəmˈpleɪ səns/.
Origin of complacency
OTHER WORDS FROM complacencynon·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
Words nearby complacency
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British Dictionary definitions for non-complacency
/ (kəmˈpleɪsənsɪ) /
noun plural -cencies or -cences
a feeling of satisfaction, esp extreme self-satisfaction; smugness
an obsolete word for complaisance
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