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What does " dispel complacency " mean in this sentence ?

Isolationism as it weakened became more bitter and vindictive. It would revive with attacks on Roosevelt as warmonger and dictator. The result would be division and disunity when national consolidation was essential. He must avoid being the issue. He needed to dispel complacency, but opinion could not be forced: it must flow from the facts of international life themselves, from the very real menaces. It required education, subtle reinforcement, nurturing—in short, time.

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  • Nancy
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    3 months ago
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    get rid of the sense that everything was fine the way it is, a sense that derives from self-satisfaction or being so proud of oneself or how things are that one does not see the need for change

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