What does complaisance mean?

complaisance meaning in General Dictionary

personality to kindly or oblige obliging conformity using desires of other individuals a deportment indicative of a desire to please courtesy civility

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  • a disposition or tendency to produce into the might of other individuals
  • Disposition to kindly or oblige; obliging compliance with all the wishes of others; a deportment indicative of a need to please; courtesy; civility.

complaisance meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1650s, from French complaisance (14c.), in Middle French "care or want to kindly," from Medieval Latin complacentia (see complacence).

complaisance - French to English


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  • complacency
  • kindness

Sentence Examples with the word complaisance

Thanks to the blind complaisance of its democrats and the timid subserviency of its once haughty oligarchs, he became master of its fleet and arsenal (16th of May 1797).

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