complaisant

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French complaisant (willing to please), from complaire, from Latin complacēre, present active infinitive of complaceō (please well), from com- (with) + placeō (please).

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Adjective[edit]

complaisant (comparative more complaisant, superlative most complaisant)

  1. Compliant.
  2. Willing to do what pleases others; obliging.
  3. (archaic) Polite; showing respect.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Complaisant should not be confused with its homophone, complacent.

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kɔ̃.plɛ.zɑ̃/, /kɔ̃.ple.zɑ̃/
  • (file)

Participle[edit]

complaisant

  1. present participle of complaire

Adjective[edit]

complaisant (feminine complaisante, masculine plural complaisants, feminine plural complaisantes)

  1. complaisant, obliging, eager to please

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