complaisance

noun com·plai·sance \ kəm-ˈplā-sᵊn(t)s , -zᵊn(t)s ; ˌkäm-plā-ˈzan(t)s , -plə- , -ˈzän(t)s \

Definition of complaisance

: disposition to please or comply : affability

Examples of complaisance in a Sentence

  1. the complaisance of his girlfriend is such that she meekly goes along with everything he says

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1651

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