• WordNet 3.6
    • adj complacent contented to a fault with oneself or one's actions "he had become complacent after years of success","his self-satisfied dignity"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Complacent Self-satisfied; contented; kindly; as, a complacent temper; a complacent smile. "They look up with a sort of complacent awe . . . to kings."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • complacent Civil; kindly; giving pleasure. See complaisant (now generally used in this sense).
    • complacent Accompanied with or springing from a sense of quiet enjoyment; gratified; satisfied: as, a complacent look or smile.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Complacent kom-plā′sent showing satisfaction: pleased: inclined to please
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  • David Sarnoff
    David Sarnoff
    “The great menace to the life of an industry is industrial self-complacency.”
  • Emily Bronte
    “Having leveled my palace, don't erect a hovel and complacently admire your own charity in giving me that for a home.”
  • Sarah Ellis
    Sarah Ellis
    “To act the part of a true friend requires more conscientious feeling than to fill with credit and complacency any other station or capacity in social life.”
  • Barbara Hershey
    Barbara Hershey
    “I'm afraid of being lazy and complacent. I'm afraid of taking myself too seriously.”
  • Pat Riley
    “When a great team loses through complacency, it will constantly search for new and more intricate explanations to explain away defeat.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. complacens, very pleasing, p. pr. of complacere,; com-, + placere, to please: cf. F. complaisant,. See Please and cf. Complaisant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. complacērecom, inten., placēre, to please.


In literature:

In a gap of the hedge behind them, Lionel had caught sight of a human face, its stealthy ears complacently taking in every word.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Men had come to harp in complacency upon reason.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
Mrs. Leigh's thoughts were complacently occupied with the visitor.
"Bluebell" by Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
When him thus moved he saw, the monarch smiled Complacent, and in gentler terms replied.
"The Iliad of Homer" by Homer
I could not imagine what had given him this insolent self-complacence.
"Oscar Wilde, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Frank Harris
The chief obstacle in the way of improvement is the complacency of the teacher.
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
But the princess smiled complacently.
"The Title Market" by Emily Post
It is a calm and holy reconciliation with God and his government; a settled feeling of complacency towards everything but sin.
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
A lop-eared Belgian rabbit was hopping across the floor, entirely self-complacent and smug.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
Lonesome Pete nodded complacently.
"Under Handicap" by Jackson Gregory

In poetry:

There, in a blaze of glory,
Amidst a countless throng,
The Saviour smiles complacent,
While listening to their song.
"To Mr. C.R." by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
The millions fast that I may feast,
And drudge that I may play;
But Average, complacent priest,
Condones the wrong away:
"Prosperity" by Bernard O Dowd
Lo! Health appears! celestial dame!
Complacent and serene,
With Hebe's mantle o'er her Frame,
With soul-delighting mien.
"A Farewell To America to Mrs. S. W." by Phillis Wheatley
“’Observance, and complacent thought
Indulgent, and the honor due
That many another man has brought
Who brought love too.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
"Often would self-complacence spread
Harmonious halos round my head;
And all my being own'd awhile
The warm diffusion of her smile.
"The Lay Of Marie - Canto Second" by Matilda Betham
We are but men: no gods are we,
To sit in mid-heaven, cold and bleak,
Each separate, on his painful peak,
Thin-cloaked in self-complacency.
"To James T. Fields" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

The guitarist has never been complacent, choosing to follow an unpredictable path.
Sculptor Sacha Nunn puts the final touches to his "Fukushima in the ocean of complacency".
With so many things on our minds, I know it's easy for complacency to set it.
Complacency cost the St John's IceCaps on Saturday night.
He also said the office has gotten complacent and political.
Women's and children's health: no time for complacency .
Obama campaign redoubling efforts amid fears of voter complacency .
Complacency , Denial, Fiscal Cliff.
Recently, Texas Tech researchers blamed complacency and apathy for the recent outbreak of West Nile virus in the United States.
Avoiding complacency among Democratic rank and file.
Complacency remains biggest worry for Scorpions.
Robert Bentley warns against complacency with Isaac.
Will Bruins have to fight complacency .
Saban is expecting that holdover players from 2010 have learned their lesson about getting complacent when the team stumbled to three losses, including the Iron Bowl debacle when it blew a 24-point lead.
"Markets have grown too complacent about Italy , some repricing of sovereign risk is likely," explained Nomura's Silvio Peruzzo.

In science:

However, considering the extraordinary specialness of the Planck scale, I sincerely hope that our ‘quantum’ colleagues are far less complacent than their ‘classical’ counterparts while harbouring the ‘dreams of a final theory’.
Why the Quantum Must Yield to Gravity
Recently, new developments in string theory and phenomenology have shaken up this complacent picture and have suggested that new space dimensions may be of the size ¯h/TeV, or even larger [125,126,127].
Linear Collider Physics Resource Book for Snowmass 2001 - Part 1: Introduction
As satisfying as this agreement might be, it should impell us to action, not complacency.
Tracking The Baryon Density From The Big Bang To The Present
Although the result may appear a forgone conclusion in favour of the relativity principle, complacency here would be unjustifiable.
Proposed split-causality test of the relativity principle
Yet, Bohr found many followers in his crusade to save ‘I am’ — all happy and content, if not complacent.
The Plight of `I Am'