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complacent

adjective

Definition: overly self-satisfied due to a high opinion of oneself, and therefore, too content

Synonyms: smug, self-satisfied, self-pleased, at ease, indifferent, apathetic, impervious

Antonyms: humble, diffident, on guard

Tips: Complacent is derived from the Latin complacent, the present participle stem of complacere, literally ďto please very much." It is often used to describe someone who is overly pleased with him or her self. It is also used in business to describe companies that are satisfied with the status quo and may be easing up on marketing, etc.

Usage Examples:

American auto makers became too complacent in the 1970ís, allowing Japanese manufacturers to increase auto sales in the US. (at ease, smug)

Strong competition keeps companies from becoming too complacent. (comfortable, impervious)

Donít become too complacent with the successes youíve had; you still have a long way to go. (smug, self-satisfied)

After the great revenue year, many of the sales executives became too complacent. (self-satisfied, at ease)


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