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complaisant

[ kuhm-pley-suhnt, -zuhnt, kom-pluh-zant ]
/ kəmˈpleɪ sənt, -zənt, ˈkɒm pləˌzænt /
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adjective

inclined or disposed to please; obliging; agreeable or gracious; compliant: the most complaisant child I've ever met.

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Origin of complaisant

1640–50; <French (present participle of complaire) <Latin complacent- (stem of complacēns, present participle of complacēre;see complacent)

OTHER WORDS FROM complaisant

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH complaisant

complacent, complaisant , compliant
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British Dictionary definitions for complaisant

complaisant
/ (kəmˈpleɪzənt) /

adjective

showing a desire to comply or oblige; polite

Derived forms of complaisant

complaisantly, adverb

Word Origin for complaisant

C17: from French complaire, from Latin complacēre to please greatly; compare complacent
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