- The definition of complacent is happy with one's self and unconcerned.
An example of complacent is a person working in their office and not worried about the dangerous weather conditions outside.
- satisfied; esp., self-satisfied, or smug
- affable; complaisant
Origin of complacentClassical Latin complacens, present participle of complacere, to be very pleasing ; from com-, intensive + placere, to please
- Satisfied with the current situation and unconcerned with changing it, often to the point of smugness: “a geologic cautionary tale for a complacent world accustomed to reliable infusions of cheap energy” (Paul Roberts).
- Eager to please; complaisant.
Origin of complacentLatin complacēns, complacent-, present participle of complacēre, to please : com-, intensive pref.; see com– + placēre, to please; see plāk-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more complacent, superlative most complacent)
- Complacent should not be confused with its homophone, complaisant.