complacent


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com·pla·cent

 (kəm-plā′sənt)
adj.
1. Satisfied with the current situation and unconcerned with changing it, often to the point of smugness: "a geologic cautionary tale for a complacent world accustomed to reliable infusions of cheap energy" (Paul Roberts).
2. Eager to please; complaisant.

[Latin complacēns, complacent-, present participle of complacēre, to please : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + placēre, to please; see plāk- in Indo-European roots.]

com·pla′cent·ly adv.

complacent

(kəmˈpleɪsənt)
adj
1. pleased or satisfied, esp extremely self-satisfied
2. an obsolete word for complaisant
[C17: from Latin complacēns very pleasing, from complacēre to be most agreeable to, from com- (intensive) + placēre to please]
comˈplacently adv

com•pla•cent

(kəmˈpleɪ sənt)

adj.
1. pleased, esp. with oneself or one's advantages or accomplishments.
2. pleasant; complaisant.
[1650–60; < Latin complacent-, s. of complacēns, present participle of complacēre to take the fancy of, please]
com•pla′cent•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.complacent - contented to a fault with oneself or one's actions; "he had become complacent after years of success"; "his self-satisfied dignity"
content, contented - satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are; "a contented smile"

complacent

adjective smug, self-satisfied, pleased with yourself, resting on your laurels, pleased, contented, satisfied, gratified, serene, unconcerned, self-righteous, self-assured, self-contented We cannot afford to be complacent about our health.
troubled, uneasy, discontent, insecure, dissatisfied, unsatisfied
Translations
راضٍ عَن نَفْسِه
spokojený
mageligselvtilfreds
sjálfsánægîur
pasitenkinimassavimi patenkintassu pasitenkinimu
pašapmierināts
halinden memnnun

complacent

[kəmˈpleɪsənt] ADJ [person] → (demasiado) pagado de sí mismo
a complacent lookuna expresión de autosatisfacción
we can't afford to be complacentno podemos permitirnos el lujo de confiarnos, no podemos dormirnos en los laureles

complacent

[kəmˈpleɪsənt] adj
(= self-satisfied) [person, attitude] → content(e) de soi, suffisant(e)
(= heedless of problems) [organization, politician] → complaisant(e)
to be complacent about sth → faire preuve de complaisance vis-à-vis de qch

complacent

adjselbstzufrieden or -gefällig; don’t get complacent just because …jetzt werde bloß nicht selbstgefällig or überheblich, nur weil …

complacent

[kəmˈpleɪsnt] adjcompiaciuto/a, soddisfatto/a di sé

complacent

(kəmˈpleisnt) adjective
showing satisfaction with one's own situation. a complacent attitude.
comˈplacence, comˈplacency noun
comˈplacently adverb
References in classic literature ?
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When poured out, he took it and looked at it with a sharp, complacent air, like,a man who thinks he has done about the right thing, and hit the nail on the head, and proceeded to dispose of it in short and well-advised sips.
Their manner and attitudes were the last expression of complacent self-righteousness.
Instead of speaking, I smiled; and not a very complacent or submissive smile either.
Over our whole social system, complacent Imbecility rules supreme -- snuffs out the searching light of Intelligence with total impunity -- and hoots, owl-like, in answer to every form of protest, See how well we all do in the dark
Sydney Carton looked at his punch and looked at his complacent friend; drank his punch and looked at his complacent friend.
cried my aunt, with the same complacent triumph that I had remarked before.
Pocket, as a grown-up infant with no notion of his own interests, they showed the complacent forbearance I had heard them express.
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This did not prevent the king from being as complacent to him as possible whenever he met him, or from asking in the kindest tone, "Well, Monsieur Cardinal, how fares it with that poor Jussac and that poor Bernajoux of yours?
for a hundred pistoles I have discovered a secret for which Richelieu would have paid twenty thousand crowns; without reckoning the value of that diamond" -- he cast a complacent look at the ring, which he had kept, instead of restoring to D'Artagnan -- "which is worth, at least, ten thousand francs.
By this time Natty had discovered the lank person of Hiram, drawn up under the cover of a high stump; and all that was complacent in his manner instantly gave way to marked distrust and dissatisfaction.