As adjectives the difference between benevolent and complacent
is that benevolent
is having a disposition to do good while complacent
is uncritically satisfied with oneself or one's achievements; smug.
Having a disposition to do good.
Possessing or manifesting love for mankind.
altruistic, charitable, good, just and fair.
- Chinese and Eastern mythologies describe dragons as benevolent .
Uncritically satisfied with oneself or one's achievements; smug.
Apathetic with regard to an apparent need or problem.
* (term) should not be confused with its homophone, complaisant.