complaisance

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French. See complaisant.

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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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kɔ̃.plɛ.zɑ̃s/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɑ̃s

Noun[edit]

complaisance f (plural complaisances)

  1. kindness
  2. complacency
  3. indulgence

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