What is a word for someone who doesn’t want to improve

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  • Recalcitrant, maybe? – cobaltduck Aug 22 '18 at 13:06
  • I don’t think that quite embodies what I’m asking. I don’t think there’s a word for it – user313387 Aug 22 '18 at 13:12
  • Welcome. I'm a bit confused as you ask for a word but your tag is "expressions". If you want a word, the tag should be single-word-requests. You can begin to type single-word.... and the autocomplete will make the tag pop up, which you can then click on. – Zebrafish Aug 22 '18 at 13:26
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    It could also be content, satisfied, happy, at peace. For instance, somebody who is retired and just wants to enjoy life may not feel the need for further education, career advancement, or whatever else you have in mind. What does not wanting to improve oneself mean to you? – Jason Bassford Aug 22 '18 at 16:22
  • content... – Jim Aug 23 '18 at 0:50

It depends what you mean by that.

If they don't want to because they're lazy, then try any of the following:

If their not wanting to is intentional, a pointed choice that they pursue, then try:

  • defiant
  • incorrigible
  • oppositional

If their not wanting to improve or be better than they are is with extreme prejudice, you might try:

  • evil
  • bad
  • malevolent
  • nefarious

I'm sure there are other colors that one not wanting to improve themselves could take that I'm not thinking of, but these are the first few that come to mind. I'd say the one that includes the greatest spectrum of meanings is "ne'er-do-well."


You might consider:

1) Adjective: Obstinate

2) Phrase: Content with status quo.

3) adament

4) Complacent Hope this was helpful.

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