from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Contented self-satisfaction.
  • n. Total lack of concern.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Being complacent; a feeling of contentment or satisfaction; complacency.
  • n. Pleasure, delight.
  • n. Complaisance; a willingness to comply with others' wishes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Calm contentment; satisfaction; gratification.
  • n. The cause of pleasure or joy.
  • n. The manifestation of contentment or satisfaction; good nature; kindness; civility; affability.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Disposition to please, or an act intended to give pleasure; friendly civility, or a civil act. See complaisance (now generally used in this sense).
  • n. A feeling of quiet pleasure; satisfaction; gratification; especially, self-satisfaction.
  • n. That which gives satisfaction; a cause of pleasure or joy; a comfort.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From mediaeval Latin complacentia, from Latin complaceo ("please").


  • In her voice and complacence she, too, showed the drill-marks of order and restraint.


  • Later, irritated by his self-satisfied complacence and after listening to a recital of how he had cornered the Klamath salmon – packing, planted the first oysters on the bay and established that lucrative monopoly, and of how, after exhausting litigation and a campaign of years he had captured the water front of Williamsport and thereby won to control of the Lumber Combine, she returned to the charge.


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  • In this case, however, community complacence hasn't really panned out for Valley Vista.

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  • Mostly, we act with simple complacence in the midst of the cruelties to women's gender.

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  • Martin grinned and accepted the invitation, marvelling the while at his complacence.

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  • You are not adjusting your life artistically; there is too much strain, too little warmth, too much self-complacence.

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  • Jones clearly felt that certain teams -- such as the Bengals, Bills, and Jaguars -- were not sufficiently aggressive in pursuing local revenues and that their complacence should not be rewarded with equal shares of national revenues.

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  • Words are slaves, noetic myrmidons laboring to interdigitate bolides of inspiration with cosmeticized complacence.

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  • It was out of my own hurt — ­an effort to bear it with philosophical complacence.



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