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Definition of "complacency" []

  • A feeling of contentment or self-satisfaction, especially when coupled with an unawareness of danger, trouble, or controversy. (noun)
  • An instance of contented self-satisfaction. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "complacency" in a sentence
  • "Indeed Fifa, an organisation that brings new definition to the term complacency, has already turned a blind eye to the incident, dismissing Ahern's impassioned intervention as if it were material for a comedy sketch, a ludicrous idea."
  • "ROBINSON: Well, in my own career, one of the things that I learned early on was the greatest killer on the battlefield is what we call complacency, you know, the thinking that bad things is what happen to other people."
  • "Condemning what they call the complacency of the State Government, they have decided to abstain from the courts for a day."