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 (kəm-plā′sənt, -zənt)
Exhibiting a desire or willingness to please; cheerfully obliging.

[French, from Old French, present participle of complaire, to please, from Latin complacēre; see complacent.]

com·plai′sant·ly adv.


showing a desire to comply or oblige; polite
[C17: from French complaire, from Latin complacēre to please greatly; compare complacent]
comˈplaisantly adv


(kəmˈpleɪ sənt, -zənt, ˈkɒm pləˌzænt)

inclined to please; obliging; agreeable or gracious; compliant.
[1640–50; < French, present participle of complaire < Latin complacēre]
com•plai′sant•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.complaisant - showing a cheerful willingness to do favors for others; "to close one's eyes like a complaisant husband whose wife has taken a lover"; "the obliging waiter was in no hurry for us to leave"
accommodating, accommodative - helpful in bringing about a harmonious adaptation; "the warden was always accommodating in allowing visitors in"; "made a special effort to be accommodating"


Ready to do favors for another:


[kəmˈpleɪzənt] ADJ (gen) → servicial, cortés; [wife, husband] → consentido, sumiso


[kəmˈpleɪzənt] (old-fashioned) adjcomplaisant(e)


adj, complaisantly
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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.
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?

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