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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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Indeed, he very often made her such presents; and she, in complacence to him, spent much time in adorning herself.
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.
According to Claude Markovits, a French historian noted for his studies of colonial India, Godse stated that he killed Gandhi because of his complacence towards Muslims, holding Gandhi responsible for the frenzy of violence and sufferings during the subcontinent's partition into Pakistan and India.
Petitions, including several from local UNIA divisions, flooded the Colonial Office, demanding that Britain do more to protect Ethiopia from the widely expected Italian invasion, expressing frustration with European complacence, and requesting permission -in light of this complacence-to mobilize their own regiments of volunteers to help defend Ethiopian independence.
The unsettling background score by Joseph Bishara will awake out of your complacence.
Their complacence or lawlessness impedes development programmes, maintain the elite.
Despite the report of the committee, the FPSC without complacence waited for the report of the Federal Investigation Authority's investigation.
Mexico relationship, which had been stagnating in complacence for too long.
Orr pulls the proverbial fire alarm on American complacence and apathy in his rousing new polemic, Dangerous Years.