[ kuhm-pley-suhnt ]
/ kəmˈpleɪ sənt /
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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.
OTHER WORDS FOR complacent
1 smug, unbothered, untroubled.
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Origin of complacent
OTHER WORDS FROM complacentcom·pla·cent·ly, adverbnon·com·pla·cent, adjectiveo·ver·com·pla·cent, adjectiveun·com·pla·cent, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH complacentcomplacent , complaisant, compliant
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British Dictionary definitions for complacent
/ (kəmˈpleɪsənt) /
pleased or satisfied, esp extremely self-satisfied
an obsolete word for complaisant
Derived forms of complacentcomplacently, 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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