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complaisance

[kuh m-pley-suh ns, -zuh ns, kom-pluh-zans] /kəmˈpleɪ səns, -zəns, ˈkɒm pləˌzæns/
noun
1.
the quality of being complaisant.
2.
a complaisant act.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < French; see complaisant, -ance
Related forms
noncomplaisance, noun
uncomplaisance, noun
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  • Our people will not always treat them with undue complaisance.
  • He is looking with complaisance upon the achievement of years of labor.
  • The fifth law is complaisance that every man strive to accommodate himself to the rest.
British Dictionary definitions for complaisance

complaisance

/kəmˈpleɪzəns/
noun
1.
deference to the wishes of others; willing compliance
2.
an act of willing compliance
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Word Origin and History for complaisance
n.

1650s, from French complaisance (14c.), in Middle French "care or desire to please," from Medieval Latin complacentia (see complacence).

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