complaisant(redirected from complaisantly)
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Exhibiting a desire or willingness to please; cheerfully obliging.
[French, from Old French, present participle of complaire, to please, from Latin complacēre; see complacent.]
showing a desire to comply or oblige; polite
[C17: from French complaire, from Latin complacēre to please greatly; compare complacent]
com•plai•sant(kəmˈpleɪ sənt, -zənt, ˈkɒm pləˌzænt)
inclined to please; obliging; agreeable or gracious; compliant.
[1640–50; < French, present participle of complaire < Latin complacēre]
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|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"|