complaisance

[ kuhm-pley-suhns, -zuhns, kom-pluh-zans ]
/ kəmˈpleɪ səns, -zəns, ˈkɒm pləˌzæns /

noun

the quality of being complaisant.

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Origin of complaisance

From French, dating back to 1645–55; see origin at complaisant, -ance

OTHER WORDS FROM complaisance

non·com·plai·sance, nounun·com·plai·sance, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for complaisance

complaisance
/ (kəmˈpleɪzəns) /

noun

deference to the wishes of others; willing compliance
an act of willing compliance
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