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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: contented with oneself or one's situation to a degree that prevents self-criticism, further progress, or appropriate response to signals of danger or risk.
He could have risen even higher in the government, but he had become complacent in recent years.The people were warned of the dangers, but they were complacent toward them and did nothing to prepare themselves.
indifferent, self-complacent, self-satisfied, smug, unconcerned
similar words:
conceited, egoistic, priggish, proud, vain
definition 2: happy to please; complaisant.
Her complacent husband was happy to bring her up a cup of tea each morning.
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adverb + (adj.)complacent bit, otherwise, somewhat, too
(adj.)complacent + adverb neither
(adj.)complacent + noun attitude, competitor, consumer, smile, society, storm, terrorism, thinking
derivation: complacently (adv.)
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The word complacent contains the following parts:
com- Latin prefix that means with, together
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The prefix com- attaches to Latin bases beginning with m, p, or b. It has multiple forms, as the 'm' sound in com- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms col-, con-, cor-, and co-. Note: com- is frequently an intensive prefix, as in "commemorate " and "command ."
plac Latin root that means calm; please
-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means (in adjectives) doing the action denoted by the verb root; (in nouns) one who or that which does the action denoted by the verb root.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.