AskDefine | Define complaisant

Dictionary Definition

complaisant adj : showing a cheerful willingness to do favors for others; "to close one's eyes like a complaisant husband whose wife has taken a lover"; "the obliging waiter was in no hurry for us to leave" [syn: obliging]

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English

Etymology

From complaire, from complacere, from com- ‘with’ + contraction of plaisir, ‘pleasure’.

Pronunciation

  • /kəmˈpleɪsənt/

Homophones

Adjective

  1. compliant
  2. Willing to do what pleases others.
  3. polite, showing respect

Derived terms

Translations

compliant
  • Dutch: voldoend (aan), passend
willing to do what pleases others
polite
  • Dutch: tegemoetkomend, vriendelijk, respectvol

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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