Complacent meaning

kəm-plā'sənt
Satisfied with the current situation and unconcerned with changing it, often to the point of smugness.
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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.

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Satisfied; esp., self-satisfied, or smug.
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Eager to please; complaisant.
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Apathetic with regard to an apparent need or problem.
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Affable; complaisant.
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Uncritically satisfied with oneself or one's achievements; smug.
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Origin of complacent

  • Latin complacēns complacent- present participle of complacēre to please com- intensive pref. com– placēre to please plāk-1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin complacens (“very pleasing”), present participle of complacere (“to please at the same time, be very pleasing”), from com- (“together”) + placere (“to please”); see please and compare complaisant.
    From Wiktionary