Definition of complacent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kəmˈpleɪsnt//
; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpleɪsnt//
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complacent (about somebody/something) (usually disapproving) too satisfied with yourself or with a situation, so that you do not feel that any change is necessary; showing or feeling complacency a dangerously complacent attitude to the increase in unemployment We must not become complacent about progress. Word Originmid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘pleasant’): from Latin complacent- ‘pleasing’, from the verb complacere.Extra examples Teachers are far from complacent about this problem. This view seems alarmingly complacent. Don’t go getting too complacent before the exams. Nobody can afford to be complacent about security. The council was criticized for its complacent attitude to child protection. The government is in danger of becoming complacent now inflation has dropped. Then you realize you are tired and getting complacent.
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