complaisance


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com·plai·sance

 (kəm-plā′səns, -zəns)
n.
The inclination to comply willingly with the wishes of others; amiability.

complaisance

(kəmˈpleɪzəns)
n
1. deference to the wishes of others; willing compliance
2. an act of willing compliance

com•plai•sance

(kəmˈpleɪ səns, -zəns, ˈkɒm pləˌzæns)

n.
1. the quality of being complaisant.
2. a complaisant act.
[1645–55; < French]

complaisance

the quality or state of being agreeable, gracious, considerate, etc. — complaisant, adj.
See also: Attitudes
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.complaisance - a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others
agreeability, agreeableness - a temperamental disposition to be agreeable
Translations

complaisance

[kəmˈpleɪzəns] N (liter) → complacencia f, sumisión f

complaisance

n (liter)Gefälligkeit f
References in classic literature ?
The republican principle demands that the deliberate sense of the community should govern the conduct of those to whom they intrust the management of their affairs; but it does not require an unqualified complaisance to every sudden breeze of passion, or to every transient impulse which the people may receive from the arts of men, who flatter their prejudices to betray their interests.
But however inclined we might be to insist upon an unbounded complaisance in the Executive to the inclinations of the people, we can with no propriety contend for a like complaisance to the humors of the legislature.
It almost seemed as if a real lion were peeping over the back of the chair, and smiling at the group of auditors with a sort of lion-like complaisance.
Allen had no particular reason to hope it would be followed with more advantage now; but we are told to "despair of nothing we would attain," as "unwearied diligence our point would gain"; and the unwearied diligence with which she had every day wished for the same thing was at length to have its just reward, for hardly had she been seated ten minutes before a lady of about her own age, who was sitting by her, and had been looking at her attentively for several minutes, addressed her with great complaisance in these words: "I think, madam, I cannot be mistaken; it is a long time since I had the pleasure of seeing you, but is not your name Allen?
He had embraced the Catholic religion, rather through complaisance than conviction or inclination; and many of the Abyssins who had done the same, waited only for an opportunity of making public profession of the ancient erroneous opinions, and of re-uniting themselves to the Church of Alexandria.
He twisted his heavy mouth into a faint smile--he was one of those saturnine people who smile with the corners of the mouth down,-- and bowed his acknowledgment of my complaisance.
They were three days on their journey, and Marianne's behaviour as they travelled was a happy specimen of what future complaisance and companionableness to Mrs.
What I entreat of thee, O thou fatal star to me, is that the hand thou demandest of me and wouldst give me, be not given out of complaisance or to deceive me afresh, but that thou confess and declare that without any constraint upon thy will thou givest it to me as to thy lawful husband; for it is not meet that thou shouldst trifle with me at such a moment as this, or have recourse to falsehoods with one who has dealt so truly by thee.
Those journalists are not paid for doing so: they write thus merely out of a spirit of disinterested complaisance.
He began by accustoming the public to sound the final i of his name so little, that by the aid of general complaisance, he was soon called nothing but M.
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I order that Sony Sugar company pays Sh2 billion as the security duty within 14 days and appear before court on January 22 for complaisance of the payment,' Odunga said.

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