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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)
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complaisant

adj, complaisantly
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"Then we can still find something to teach thee, Alleyne," said the Abbot complaisantly. "Know that many strange nations lie betwixt there and the end of the world.
What she does not know is that you, her son, should have listened to them so complaisantly. I found your respected mother at Pskoff, ill and in deep poverty, as she has been ever since the death of your benefactor.
Well, Prince Jason," he continued, aloud, and as complaisantly as he could, "make yourself comfortable for to-day, and to-morrow morning, since you insist upon it, you shall try your skill at the plow."
As in her previous books, she is closely attentive to her reader, leading us through the dilatory meanders of her narratives complaisantly, taking her time with us in pleasingly discursive prose.

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