- inclined or disposed to please; obliging; agreeable or gracious; compliant: the most complaisant child I've ever met.
Origin of complaisant
Examples from the Web for complaisant
And loves me just enough to advise me to be complaisant to a man I despise.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
He could even, when so disposed, become gentle and complaisant.The Life and Adventures of Baron Trenck
But she who had murmured as a wife was not complaisant as a mistress.Paul Clifford, Complete
Even the most complaisant women like at least the appearance of a siege.A Little Journey in the World
Charles Dudley Warner
Probably of the complaisant model who ventures into Lochias at night?The Emperor, Complete
- showing a desire to comply or oblige; polite
Word Origin and History for complaisant
1640s, from French complaisant (16c.), in Middle French, "pleasing," present participle of complaire "acquiesce to please," from Latin complacere "be very pleasing" (see complacent, with which it overlapped till mid-19c.). Possibly influenced in French by Old French plaire "gratify."