complaisant


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complaisant

eager to please; deferential; obliging; agreeable or gracious: He is a complaisant host.
Not to be confused with:
complacent – self-satisfied; smug; unbothered: He is too complacent to make changes.
compliant – inclined to act in accord with the rules; acquiescent: She has a compliant disposition.
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com·plai·sant

 (kəm-plā′sənt, -zənt)
adj.
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.
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complaisant

(kəmˈpleɪzənt)
adj
showing a desire to comply or oblige; polite
[C17: from French complaire, from Latin complacēre to please greatly; compare complacent]
comˈplaisantly adv
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com•plai•sant

(kəmˈpleɪ sənt, -zənt, ˈkɒm pləˌzænt)

adj.
inclined to please; obliging; agreeable or gracious; compliant.
[1640–50; < French, present participle of complaire < Latin complacēre]
com•plai′sant•ly, adv.
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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"
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complaisant

adjective
Ready to do favors for another:
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Translations

complaisant

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

[kəmˈpleɪzənt] (old-fashioned) adjcomplaisant(e)
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

complaisant

adj, complaisantly
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References in classic literature ?
But he had fancied her in love with him; that evidently must have been his dependence; and after raving a little about the seeming incongruity of gentle manners and a conceited head, Emma was obliged in common honesty to stop and admit that her own behaviour to him had been so complaisant and obliging, so full of courtesy and attention, as (supposing her real motive unperceived) might warrant a man of ordinary observation and delicacy, like Mr.
The people, who had often heard of me, were very curious to crowd about the sedan, and the girl was complaisant enough to make the bearers stop, and to take me in her hand, that I might be more conveniently seen.
Bennet before breakfast, a conversation beginning with his parsonage-house, and leading naturally to the avowal of his hopes, that a mistress might be found for it at Longbourn, produced from her, amid very complaisant smiles and general encouragement, a caution against the very Jane he had fixed on.
And he named him by his name, because he found a nymph complaisant (53) and was joined with her in sweet love, on that day when Poseidon and Apollo raised high the wall of the well-built city.'
In her behaviour she was respectful and complaisant, even to servility: she attempted to flatter and fawn upon me at first, but I soon checked that.
You shall take half the sum that will be advanced upon it, or I will throw it into the Seine; and I doubt, as was the case with Polycrates, whether any fish will be sufficiently complaisant to bring it back to us."
The soldiers were complaisant; they had found the grasp of Porthos pretty powerful and that it was no joke to fight against it.
"Certainly, my dear madam, certainly!" replied the complaisant doctor; "see!
He, indeed, ignorant that the still hour, a cloudless moon, and an open lattice, had revealed to me the secret of his selfish love and false friendship, would have continued smooth and complaisant as ever; but I grew spiny as a porcupine, and inflexible as a blackthorn cudgel; I never had a smile for his raillery, never a moment for his society; his invitations to take coffee with him in his parlour were invariably rejected, and very stiffly and sternly rejected too; his jesting allusions to the directress (which he still continued) were heard with a grim calm very different from the petulant pleasure they were formerly wont to excite.
“Sairtainlee!” exclaimed the complaisant Frenchman, “it ees ver fine,”
He evidently tried to please her: he was gallant, he was attentive, he was something like what he had been to her cousins: he wanted, she supposed, to cheat her of her tranquillity as he had cheated them; and whether he might not have some concern in this necklace--she could not be convinced that he had not, for Miss Crawford, complaisant as a sister, was careless as a woman and a friend.
"I believe she had," replied the duke, with careless naivete and a complaisant forgetfulness, of which no words could translate the tone and the vocal expression.

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