complaisance

[ kuh m-pley-suh ns, -zuh ns, kom-pluh-zans ]
/ kəmˈpleɪ səns, -zəns, ˈkɒm pləˌzæns /

noun

the quality of being complaisant.

Nearby words

  1. complacent,
  2. complain,
  3. complainant,
  4. complainer,
  5. complaint,
  6. complaisant,
  7. complanate,
  8. compleat,
  9. compleat angler, the,
  10. complect

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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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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Word Origin and History for complaisance

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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