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complacent

[kuhm-pley-suhnt]
adjective
  1. 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.
  2. pleasant; complaisant.
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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 formscom·pla·cent·ly, adverbnon·com·pla·cent, adjectivenon·com·pla·cent·ly, adverbo·ver·com·pla·cent, adjectiveo·ver·com·pla·cent·ly, adverbun·com·pla·cent, adjectiveun·com·pla·cent·ly, adverb
Can be confusedcomplacent complaisant compliant

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British Dictionary definitions for uncomplacent

complacent

adjective
  1. pleased or satisfied, esp extremely self-satisfied
  2. an obsolete word for complaisant
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Derived Formscomplacently, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin complacēns very pleasing, from complacēre to be most agreeable to, from com- (intensive) + placēre to please
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Word Origin and History for uncomplacent

complacent

adj.

1650s, "pleasing," from Latin complacentem (nominative complacens) "pleasing," present participle of complacere "be very pleasing" (see complacence). Meaning "pleased with oneself" is from 1767. Related: Complacently.

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