complacent

[kuhm-pley-suhnt]
adjective
1.
pleased, especially with oneself or one's merits, advantages, situation, etc., often without awareness of some potential danger or defect; self-satisfied: The voters are too complacent to change the government.
2.
pleasant; complaisant.

Origin:
1650–60; < Latin complacent- (stem of complacēns, present participle of complacēre to take the fancy of, please, equivalent to com- com- + placēre to please

complacently, adverb
noncomplacent, adjective
noncomplacently, adverb
overcomplacent, adjective
overcomplacently, adverb
uncomplacent, adjective
uncomplacently, adverb

complacent, complaisant, compliant.


1. smug, unbothered, untroubled.
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complacent (kəmˈpleɪsənt)
 
adj
1.  pleased or satisfied, esp extremely self-satisfied
2.  an obsolete word for complaisant
 
[C17: from Latin complacēns very pleasing, from complacēre to be most agreeable to, from com- (intensive) + placēre to please]
 
com'placently
 
adv

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complacent
1650s, from L. complacentem "pleasing," prp. of complacere (see complacence). Related: Complacently (1816).
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Example sentences
The laundryman complacently replies that the linen is at fault.
With hindsight it looked complacently eager to avoid one.
To describe a photoplay as interesting is to sit complacently on the fence and be of no service to any one.
What makes us laugh is that their are regulators who are complacently watching this atrocity happen.
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