Origin of complacencyLate Latin complacentia from Classical Latin complacens: see complacent
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.
quiet satisfaction; contentment; often, specif., self-satisfaction, or smugness
- A feeling of contentment or self-satisfaction, especially when coupled with an unawareness of danger, trouble, or controversy.
- An instance of contented self-satisfaction.
- This boundless complacency was due to policy, not weakness.
- He sought to remedy the evil by liaisons with two of the most beautiful of his countrywomen, Barbara Gizanka and Anna Zajanczkowska, the diet undertaking to legitimatize and acknowledge as his successor any heir male who might be born to him; but their complacency was in vain, for the king died childless.
- The autobiography in Latin verse, with its playful humour, occasional pathos and sublime self-complacency, was thrown off at the age of eighty-four.
- His last "famous discovery, or rather revival of Dr Giles Fletcher's," which he mentions in his autobiography with infinite complacency, was the identification of the Tatars with the lost tribes of Israel.
- As a result of this compromise the budget of 1899 was passedlin little more than a month, and the commercial and tariff treaty with Austria were renewed till 1903.2 But the government had to pay for this complacency with a so-called " pactum," which bound its hands in several directions, much to the profit of the opposition during the " pure " elections of 1901.