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complacency

[kuh m-pley-suh n-see] /kəmˈpleɪ sən si/
noun, plural complacencies.
1.
a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like; self-satisfaction or smug satisfaction with an existing situation, condition, etc.
2.
Archaic.
  1. friendly civility; inclination to please; complaisance.
  2. a civil act.
Also, complacence
[kuh m-pley-suh ns] /kəmˈpleɪ səns/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; < Medieval Latin complacentia. See complacent, -cy
Related forms
noncomplacence, noun
noncomplacency, noun, plural noncomplacencies.
overcomplacence, noun
overcomplacency, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for complacence

complacency

/kəmˈpleɪsənsɪ/
noun (pl) -cencies, -cences
1.
a feeling of satisfaction, esp extreme self-satisfaction; smugness
2.
an obsolete word for complaisance
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Word Origin and History for complacence
n.

mid-15c., "pleasure," from Medieval Latin complacentia "satisfaction, pleasure," from Latin complacentem (nominative complacens), present participle of complacere "to be very pleasing," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + placere "to please" (see please). Sense of "pleased with oneself" is 18c.

complacency

n.

1640s, from same source as complacence but with the later form of the suffix (see -cy).

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