[kuh m-pley-suh nt]
- 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.
- pleasant; complaisant.
Origin of complacent
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1. smug, unbothered, untroubled.
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- pleased or satisfied, esp extremely self-satisfied
- an obsolete word for complaisant
C17: from Latin complacēns very pleasing, from complacēre to be most agreeable to, from com- (intensive) + placēre to please
Word Origin and History for uncomplacent
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper