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complaisant

[kuh m-pley-suh nt, -zuh nt, kom-pluh-zant] /kəmˈpleɪ sənt, -zənt, ˈkɒm pləˌzænt/
adjective
1.
inclined or disposed to please; obliging; agreeable or gracious; compliant:
the most complaisant child I've ever met.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < French (present participle of complaire) < Latin complacent- (stem of complacēns, present participle of complacēre; see complacent)
Related forms
complaisantly, adverb
noncomplaisant, adjective
noncomplaisantly, adverb
uncomplaisant, adjective
uncomplaisantly, adverb
Can be confused
complacent, complaisant, compliant.
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complaisant

/kəmˈpleɪzənt/
adjective
1.
showing a desire to comply or oblige; polite
Derived Forms
complaisantly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from French complaire, from Latin complacēre to please greatly; compare complacent
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Word Origin and History for un-complaisant
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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