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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.
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Adv.1.complacently - in a self-satisfied manner; "he complacently lived out his life as a village school teacher"
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[kəmˈpleɪsəntlɪ] ADVde modo satisfecho
he looked at me complacentlyme miró con expresión de autosatisfacción


[kəmˈpleɪsəntli] adv
(in a self-satisfied way)avec suffisance
to smile complacently → sourire avec suffisance
(= unthinkingly) → complaisamment


advselbstzufrieden or -gefällig; those who complacently accept their parents’ beliefsdiejenigen, die die Ansichten ihrer Eltern unreflektiert übernehmen


(kəmˈpleisnt) adjective
showing satisfaction with one's own situation. a complacent attitude.
comˈplacence, comˈplacency noun
comˈplacently adverb
References in classic literature ?
It will be delicious, I'm sure," said Meg complacently.
And I don't want to be,' the other agreed complacently.
Jokubas possesses what his wife complacently describes as "poetiszka vaidintuve"--a poetical imagination.
said Aunt Chloe, rather complacently, as, producing an old towel, kept for such emergencies, she poured a little water out of the cracked tea-pot on it, and began rubbing off the molasses from the baby's face and hands; and, having polished her till she shone, she set her down in Tom's lap, while she busied herself in clearing away supper.
This was an airy slim boy in shrimp-colored tights that made him look like a forked carrot, the rest of his gear was blue silk and dainty laces and ruffles; and he had long yellow curls, and wore a plumed pink satin cap tilted complacently over his ear.
A figure with streaming black locks was staying the blow, and this, Rebecca explained complacently, was intended as a likeness of herself, though she was rather vague as to the method she should use in attaining her end.
Having levelled my palace, don't erect a hovel and complacently admire your own charity in giving me that for a home.
Lecount; they were tenderly interested in everything she looked at -- in Magdalen, in the toad on the rock-work, in the back-yard view from the window; in her own plump fair hands, -- which she rubbed softly one over the other while she spoke; in her own pretty cambric chemisette, which she had a habit of looking at complacently while she listened to others.
All this while, Defarge, with his pipe in his mouth, walked up and down, complacently admiring, but never interfering; in which condition, indeed, as to the business and his domestic affairs, he walked up and down through life.
He passed his hand complacently over his bald head, and said with ostentatious resignation:
Waldengarver looked up at us complacently, and said:
Crackenthorp herself, the summit of whose perpendicular feather was on a level with the Squire's shoulder--luring fair lasses complacently conscious of very short waists and skirts blameless of front-folds--luring burly fathers in large variegated waistcoats, and ruddy sons, for the most part shy and sheepish, in short nether garments and very long coat-tails.