- Willing to please others or to accept what they do or say without protest: he went to join his apparently complaisant wife for ChristmasMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 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.
mid 17th century: French, from complaire 'acquiesce in order to please', from Latin complacere 'to please'.
Complaisant does not mean the same as complacent. See complacent (usage).