- The definition of complacency means a feeling of contentment or self-satisfaction, often combined with a lack of awareness of pending trouble or controversy.
An example of complacency is the type of attitude a long time leader may have.
complacency definition by Webster's New World
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quiet satisfaction; contentment; often, specif., self-satisfaction, or smugness
Origin: Late Latin complacentia ; from Classical Latin complacens: see complacent
complacency definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A feeling of contentment or self-satisfaction, especially when coupled with an unawareness of danger, trouble, or controversy.
- An instance of contented self-satisfaction.