Complaisant definition

kəm-plāsənt, -zənt
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.

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Willing to do what pleases others.
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(archaic) Polite, showing respect.
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Exhibiting a desire or willingness to please; cheerfully obliging.
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Willing to please; affably agreeable; obliging.
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Origin of complaisant

  • French from Old French present participle of complaire to please from Latin complacēre complacent

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French complaisant (“willing to please”), from complaire, from Latin complacēre, present active infinitive of complaceō (“please well”), from com- (“with”) + placeō (“please”).

    From Wiktionary