complaisant

[kuhm-pley-suhnt, -zuhnt, kom-pluh-zant]
adjective
inclined or disposed to please; obliging; agreeable or gracious; compliant: the most complaisant child I've ever met.

Origin:
1640–50; < French (present participle of complaire) < Latin complacent- (stem of complacēns, present participle of complacēre; see complacent)

complaisantly, adverb
noncomplaisant, adjective
noncomplaisantly, adverb
uncomplaisant, adjective
uncomplaisantly, adverb

complacent, complaisant, compliant.
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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]
 
com'plaisantly
 
adv

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complaisant
1640s, from Fr. complaisant (16c.), from M.Fr., "pleasing," prp. of complaire "acquiesce to please," from L. complacere "be very pleasing" (see complacent, with which it overlapped till mid-19c.).
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There is no work for any but the decorous and the complaisant.
Their effect here is to soften the satire and make it complaisant.
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