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[kuh m-pley-suh n-see] /kəmˈpleɪ sən si/
noun, plural complacencies.
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.
  1. friendly civility; inclination to please; complaisance.
  2. a civil act.
Also, complacence
[kuh m-pley-suh ns] /kəmˈpleɪ səns/ (Show IPA)
Origin of complacency
1635-45; < Medieval Latin complacentia. See complacent, -cy
Related forms
noncomplacence, noun
noncomplacency, noun, plural noncomplacencies.
overcomplacence, noun
overcomplacency, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for complacency
  • It's all too easy to get lulled into complacency by the easy visual pickings.
  • So my counter-hypothesis would be that it wasn't beauty that was the problem, it was complacency.
  • The problem is their complacency or resignation about existing only in and for a subculture.
  • Perhaps as a result, there's a distinct sense of complacency among them.
  • There is thus a cyclical element to volatility, as investors move from complacency to alarm.
  • Put that together with the complacency of the macroeconomists and there were too few voices shouting stop.
  • Some economists think this reflects a dangerous complacency.
  • They blame complacency among the sports authorities for the problem.
  • And demographic momentum should inspire urgency not complacency.
  • The combination of awful infrastructure and overwhelming cultural complacency will almost surely result in endless frustration.
British Dictionary definitions for complacency


noun (pl) -cencies, -cences
a feeling of satisfaction, esp extreme self-satisfaction; smugness
an obsolete word for complaisance
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Word Origin and History for complacency

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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