complaisance

[kuh m-pley-suh ns, -zuh ns, kom-pluh-zans]
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Origin of complaisance

From French, dating back to 1645–55; see origin at complaisant, -ance
Related formsnon·com·plai·sance, nounun·com·plai·sance, noun
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complaisance

noun
  1. deference to the wishes of others; willing compliance
  2. an act of willing compliance
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Word Origin and History for complaisance
n.

1650s, from French complaisance (14c.), in Middle French "care or desire to please," from Medieval Latin complacentia (see complacence).

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