1. Satisfied with the current situation and unconcerned with changing it, often to the point of smugness: "a geologic cautionary tale for a complacent world accustomed to reliable infusions of cheap energy" (Paul Roberts).
2. Eager to please; complaisant.
[Latin complacēns, complacent-, present participle of complacēre, to please : com-, intensive pref.; see COM- + placēre, to please; see plāk-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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