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complacency (noun) a feeling of self-satisfaction.

Your complacency makes you satisfied with what you have, or what you have achieved. You are quite happy with the present situation; you feel that no change is necessary and no improvement needed. The government has complacency about public health if it is satisfied with the present condition of public health and finds no need for change or improvement. If an epidemic breaks out and public health deteriorates, it has to take the blame for its complacency. If a person is happy with their achievements so far, they have complacency. They rest on their past laurels.

  • Smith's past achievements have filled him with complacency. He is no longer in a mood to put himself to any trouble to improve upon his accomplishment as a child welfare specialist.
  • There can be no complacency where knowledge is concerned. The more a person knows the more is there for them to know as knowledge is endless. If a person is satisfied with what they already know and cease knowing, their knowledge soon becomes outdated.
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