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complaisance

noun [U] uk   /kəmˈpleɪ.zəns/ us    /-səns/ formal
willingness to please others by being polite and fitting in with their plans
complaisant
adjective uk   /-zənt/ us    /-sənt/
Translations of “complaisance”
in Chinese (Traditional) 殷勤, 順從…
in Chinese (Simplified) 殷勤, 顺从…
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