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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin complacens (very pleasing), present participle of complacere (to please at the same time, be very pleasing), from com- (together) + placere (to please); see please and compare complaisant.

PronunciationEdit

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  • Homophone: complaisant

AdjectiveEdit

complacent (comparative more complacent, superlative most complacent)

  1. Uncritically satisfied with oneself or one's achievements; smug.
  2. Apathetic with regard to an apparent need or problem.

Usage notesEdit

  • Complacent should not be confused with its homophone, complaisant.

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