- The definition of complaisant is someone who is agreeable and who wants or tries to please.
A happy-go-lucky girl who is agreeable, doesn't fight and does what others want her to do is an example of someone who is complaisant.
Origin: French present participle of complaire ; from Classical Latin complacere: see complacent
- complaisantly adverb
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Origin: French, from Old French, present participle of complaire, to please, from Latin complacēre; see complacent.
- com·plaiˈsant·ly adverb