complaisance

noun
com·​plai·​sance | \ kəm-ˈplā-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce complaisance (audio) , -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

the complaisance of his girlfriend is such that she meekly goes along with everything he says
Recent Examples on the Web What is lost is the look of complaisance that defines young founders looking for capital. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 2 Mar. 2021 There are more emphatic reasons for the market’s complaisance. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, 12 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of complaisance

1651, in the meaning defined above

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“Complaisance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/complaisance. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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