Complaisant Com"plai*sant, a. [F. complaisant, p. pr. of complaire to acquiesce as a favor, fr. L. complacere. See {Complacent}.] Desirous to please; courteous; obliging; compliant; as, a complaisant gentleman. [1913 Webster]

There are to whom my satire seems too bold: Scarce to wise Peter complaisant enough. --Pope.

Syn: Obliging; courteous; affable; gracious; civil; polite; well-bred. See {Obliging}. -- {Com"plai*sant`ly}, adv. -- {Com"plai*sant`ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • complaisantness — rare 0. [f. as prec. + ness.] Quality of being complaisant. 1730–6 Bailey (folio); hence in Johnson and mod. Dicts …   Useful english dictionary

  • complaisantness — noun The state or quality of being complaisant …   Wiktionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”