The manner in which this condition of complacent ignorance came to be disturbed is instructive.
In the protest against the scheme of "judging truth by counting noses," Shaftesbury recognized the danger of the standard which seemed to satisfy many deists; and in almost every respect he has more in common with those who afterwards, in Germany, annihilated the pretensions of complacent rationalism than with the rationalists themselves.
There is none of the complacent and wise-browed sagacity of Bacon, for Burke's were days of personal strife and fire and civil division.
He was accused, indeed, of being little more than the complacent executor of the emperor's will, and defended himself in the Reichstag against the charge.
Nor is there any lack of evidence of a growing dissatisfaction on the part of many physiologists with the complacent assumption that the methods of physical science, and particularly the conception of causal activity common to the sciences which study inorganic nature, can be transferred without further criticism to the examination of life and mind.
He was complacent in the face of the skill of the Ninjas.
It is a complacent assumption of a right to hold one's own opinions.
Many academics appeared complacent about the ongoing bombing of Afghanistan, while others viewed it with cheerful approval.
Never complacent, Raven sets the standard by which the industry is measured.
Only the dangerously complacent or naïve could assume that we have safely put the BSE crisis behind us.
Some of the population grew complacent about the risk of HIV.
The student grew complacent about the challenges ahead.
The swimmer was complacent about any situation during a dive.
They grew complacent about the threat from global terrorism.
You should not have a complacent attitude toward unemployment.
And with a complacent sigh he would return to the drawing room.
He sat motionless, looking at the heights visible above the mist, and his cold face wore that special look of confident, self-complacent happiness that one sees on the face of a boy happily in love.
Not only Nicholas, but even Natasha understood the meaning of his puckered brow and the happy complacent smile that slightly puckered his lips when Anisya Fedorovna entered.
It was the sequel to his complacent reflections on his success in Petersburg.