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[kuh m-pley-suh nt, -zuh nt, kom-pluh-zant] /kəmˈpleɪ sənt, -zənt, ˈkɒm pləˌzænt/
inclined or disposed to please; obliging; agreeable or gracious; compliant:
the most complaisant child I've ever met.
Origin of complaisant
1640-50; < French (present participle of complaire) < Latin complacent- (stem of complacēns, present participle of complacēre; see complacent)
Related forms
complaisantly, adverb
noncomplaisant, adjective
noncomplaisantly, adverb
uncomplaisant, adjective
uncomplaisantly, adverb
Can be confused
complacent, complaisant, compliant. Unabridged
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showing a desire to comply or oblige; polite
Derived Forms
complaisantly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from French complaire, from Latin complacēre to please greatly; compare complacent
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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."

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