[kuh m-pley-suh n-see]
- 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.
Also com·pla·cence [kuh m-pley-suh ns] /kəmˈpleɪ səns/.
Origin of complacency
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- a feeling of satisfaction, esp extreme self-satisfaction; smugness
- an obsolete word for complaisance
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