Origin of complaisant
Examples from the Web for complaisant
It was well enough inclined, too, to be complaisant to the king of England.
In fact it is the complaisant We would willingly have others perfect and yet we amend not our own faults.The Girl Wanted|Nixon Waterman
Or perhaps they are only complaisant, and, in the passing years, will permit the people to think that this is so.The Way of the Gods|John Luther Long
This Prince was so complaisant as to order one of his Gentlemen to go with me.The Memoirs of Charles-Lewis, Baron de Pollnitz, Volume I|Karl Ludwig von Pllnitz
Her grandmother abandoned in a moment an attempt to be complaisant, and sternly ordered her to attend to Colonel McLane's chamber.The Entailed Hat|George Alfred Townsend
British Dictionary definitions for complaisant
Word Origin for complaisant
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."