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1. A feeling of contentment or self-satisfaction, especially when coupled with an unawareness of danger, trouble, or controversy.
2. An instance of contented self-satisfaction.


(kəmˈpleɪsənsɪ) or


n, pl -cencies or -cences
1. a feeling of satisfaction, esp extreme self-satisfaction; smugness
2. an obsolete word for complaisance


(kəmˈpleɪ sən si)

also com•pla•cence


n., pl. -cies.
a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of, or unconcerned with, unpleasant realities or harmful possibilities; self-satisfaction; smugness.
[1635–45; < Medieval Latin]



look like the cat that swallowed the canary To look smug; to appear very self-satisfied or pleased. This self-evident expression has been in use since 1871.

resting on one’s laurels To be content with one’s present or past honors, accomplishments, or prestige. The laurels in this expression have long been a symbol of excellence or success in one’s field of endeavor. Resting indicates self-satisfaction and complacency with the implication that no further efforts will be expended to acquire additional figurative laurels. It is interesting to note that ancient philosophers and poets sometimes kept laurel leaves under their pillows for inspiration, a concept almost totally opposite to the phrase’s contemporary meaning.

snug as a bug in a rug Extremely comfortable and content. This common expression of obvious derivation was purportedly used by Benjamin Franklin in 1772. The phrase enjoys frequent use in the United States.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.complacency - 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


noun smugness, satisfaction, gratification, contentment, self-congratulation, self-satisfaction She warned that there was no room for complacency on inflation.
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[kəmˈpleɪsənsɪ] N complacence [kəmˈpleɪsns] Nautosuficiencia f, satisfacción f de sí mismo or consigo


[kəmˈpleɪsənsi] n
(= self-satisfaction) [person] → autosatisfaction f, suffisance f
(= failure to recognize problems) → complaisance f
complacency about sth → complaisance f à l'égard de qch


[kəmˈpleɪsnsɪ] nautocompiacimento, eccessivo compiacimento


(kəmˈpleisnt) adjective
showing satisfaction with one's own situation. a complacent attitude.
comˈplacence, comˈplacency noun
comˈplacently adverb