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A feeling of smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one's achievements.‘the figures are better, but there are no grounds for complacency’
smugness, self-satisfaction, self-approval, self-approbation, self-admiration, self-congratulation, self-regardView synonyms
- ‘Why does there need to be yet another film that shakes parents out of their supposed complacency?’
- ‘Such formal liberties were intended to jolt the viewer out of complacency into a fresh social outlook.’
- ‘It was designed to warn us against complacency but also to anticipate a great future for the country and humanity.’
- ‘But there are no grounds for complacency, and there is justified fear for the future.’
- ‘How long must innocent people continue to pay the price for our indifference and complacency?’
- ‘Since when do we have to put up with complacency, rudeness, laziness and neglect of duty?’
- ‘This is a very dodgy position to be in, as complacency and boredom can quickly set in.’
- ‘I would like to see less complacency over crime levels in the area and less smugness on the local environment.’
- ‘There may be far too much institutional complacency but there is no reason for despair.’
- ‘Despite having achieved so much, there is still no complacency in the ranks.’
- ‘The last thing you want to do is to make a complacent audience feel more happy in their complacency.’
- ‘Neither panic nor complacency is a rational response to contemporary fascism.’
- ‘Conservatives may appreciate this liberal complacency when it comes to their own views.’
- ‘The first is a profound failure of the imagination, which comes from a certain laziness and complacency.’
- ‘He warned farmers that there was still an urgent need for caution and there was no room for complacency.’
- ‘Fire may be part of the nation's identity, but complacency and greed fan the flames’
- ‘But if complacency is replaced with insecurity, what's at all positive about that?’
- ‘I felt an overwhelming sense of fear today also, a fear of our ignorance and complacency.’
- ‘The danger is that this release from tension may lead to complacency.’
- ‘The uninitiated might think that the combination of openness and complacency shouldn't matter.’
Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin complacentia, from Latin complacere ‘to please’.
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