Definition of complaisant in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəmˈplāsənt/


Willing to please others; obliging; agreeable: when unharnessed, Northern dogs are peaceful and complaisant
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  • Strangely though, this doesn't come over as frosty or nihilistic, but harmless and complaisant.
  • These ideas were encouraged by complaisant Western ‘development economists’ and by a dubious semantic innovation.
  • But nothing seems to shift a complaisant populace.
willing, acquiescent, agreeable, amenable, cooperative, accommodating, obliging;
biddable, compliant, docile, obedient



Pronunciation: /kəmˈplās(ə)ns/
Example sentences
  • If it became possible for shareholders to sue firms where those firms might reasonably have protected them from insider trading, corporate Australia's complaisance towards insider trading could take a healthy hit.
  • And this has caused a mass unjustified complaisance.
  • A rebellion of public opinion against such complaisance is possible but not certain.


Example sentences
  • And she notices that the shirt he so complaisantly hung from the shower rail is all wonky so that, if left, it would end up looking like one of Quasimodo's.
  • The Director of Human Resources points out complaisantly that factory life is not without its small pleasures.
  • Francis Fukayama, if rather more complaisantly and idealistically, has responded to the same perception.


Mid 17th century: French, from complaire 'acquiesce in order to please', from Latin complacere 'to please'.

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Syllabification: com·plai·sant

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