February 27th, 2005



From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) :

Complacent \Com*pla"cent\, a. [L. complacens very pleasing, p.
pr. of complacere; com- + placere to please: cf. F.
complaisant. See Please and cf. Complaisant.]
Self-satisfied; contented; kindly; as, a complacent temper; a
complacent smile.

They look up with a sort of complacent awe . . . to
kings. --Burke.

From WordNet (r) 2.0 :

adj : contented to a fault; "he had become complacent after years
of success"; "his self-satisfied dignity" [syn: self-satisfied]

I was right... there are overtones of contentment in complacent. The guys spin it as pure negatives- neglect, laziness, looking the other way, not doing something.