Definition of complacent in English:
- It is always wise to guard against adopting a complacent or smug attitude in life as one ages.
- The novelty of them has worn off and no team will again head north with the complacent attitude of an easy win and a night in Edinburgh.
- You only get one life, and if all you ever do with it is grow rich or complacent or comfortable or proud then you might as well not have lived at all.
mid 17th century (in the sense 'pleasant'): from Latin complacent- 'pleasing', from the verb complacere.
Complacent and complaisant are two words which are similar in pronunciation and which both come from the Latin verb complacere ‘to please’, but in English they do not mean the same thing. Complacent is far commoner and means ‘smug and self-satisfied’. Complaisant, on the other hand, means ‘willing to please’, as in the local people proved complaisant and cordial.
- Example sentences
- Are my followers and I supposed to sit there tomorrow and eat our turkey complacently while this persecution is occurring?
- Your editorial complacently endorsed the notion of matching the European Union average on health spending.
- They have not done that by sitting back complacently.