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1. Contented self-satisfaction.
2. Total lack of concern.
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Noun1.complacence - the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself; "his complacency was absolutely disgusting"
satisfaction - the contentment one feels when one has fulfilled a desire, need, or expectation; "the chef tasted the sauce with great satisfaction"
smugness - an excessive feeling of self-satisfaction
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(kəmˈpleisnt) adjective
showing satisfaction with one's own situation. a complacent attitude.
comˈplacence, comˈplacency noun
comˈplacently adverb
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It was the urge of Life healthy and strong, unaware of frailty and decay, drunken with sublime complacence, ego-mad, enchanted by its own mighty optimism.
Martin grinned and accepted the invitation, marvelling the while at his complacence.
I scorned to contradict the slanders, and self-love led me to regard the more flattering rumors with a certain complacence.
Indeed, he very often made her such presents; and she, in complacence to him, spent much time in adorning herself.
Prasun Basu, Millward Brown's Managing Director, South Asia said: "India's top brands are strong, and getting stronger - but there is no room for complacence.
What's needed -- now as always -- is an unsettling conversation about how to uproot complacence and incompetence wherever it exists in public education, while simultaneously identifying, rewarding, and replicating excellence.
It is that complacence and senescence of civilizations and peoples that Lovecraft abhors and which he expresses so powerfully in his prose.
The excess fund flow from overseas had resulted in undue complacence and developers feel no requirement to lower prices to push sales.
On behalf of those who are suffering now, I make this protest against the deception which has been practised upon them; also I believe that it may help to destroy the callous complacence with which the majority of those at home regard the continuance of agonies which they do not share, and which they have not sufficient imagination to realise.
Despite this continuing growth momentum, I think it is not the time for complacence.
The promise of India has sometimes been mislaid by misfortune; at other times by our own complacence and weakness.
For this reason he looked on British imperial expansion with remarkable complacence, and saw no grounds for thinking that it contradicted his paeans to individual liberty.