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

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Examples of complaisance in a Sentence

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

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There are more emphatic reasons for the market’s complaisance. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, "S.&P. 500 $2,164.45," 12 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of complaisance

1651, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of complaisance was in 1651

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