complaisance

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French.

Noun[edit]

complaisance (countable and uncountable, plural complaisances)

  1. The quality of being complaisant, amiable or agreeable.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
      It is no wonder that in an age when this kind of merit is so little in fashion, and so slenderly provided for, persons possessed of it should very eagerly flock to a place where they were sure of being received with great complaisance; indeed, where they might enjoy almost the same advantages of a liberal fortune as if they were entitled to it in their own right.

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Noun[edit]

complaisance f (plural complaisances)

  1. kindness
  2. complacency
  3. indulgence

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