[ kuh m-pley-suh nt, -zuh nt, kom-pluh-zant ]
/ kəmˈpleɪ sənt, -zənt, ˈkɒm pləˌzænt /


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

Origin of complaisant

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

Related forms

Can be confused

complacent complaisant compliant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for complaisant


/ (kəmˈpleɪzənt) /


showing a desire to comply or oblige; polite

Derived Forms

complaisantly, adverb

Word Origin for complaisant

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