Definition of complacent in English:

complacent

Line breaks: com|pla¦cent
Pronunciation: /kəmˈpleɪs(ə)nt
 
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adjective

Derivatives

complacently

adverb
More 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.

Origin

mid 17th century (in the sense 'pleasant'): from Latin complacent- 'pleasing', from the verb complacere.

Usage

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 .

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