Meaning of “complaisance” in the English Dictionary

"complaisance" in British English

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complaisancenoun [ U ]

uk /kəmˈpleɪ.zəns/ us /kəmˈpleɪ.səns/ formal
complaisant
adjective uk /kəmˈpleɪ.zənt/ us /kəmˈpleɪ.sənt/

Examples from literature

  • He can refuse them nothing, and even carries his complaisance so far as to give them marks of affection without really liking them. 
  • I am ashamed to say that hitherto I have only given myself out of mere complaisance. 
  • The flattering complaisance of the latter counterbalances the rough honesty of the former. 
  • This complaisance did not raise him in estimation at Vienna or elsewhere. 
  • We yielded at last, out of complaisance towards her, and were rewarded by feeling wonderfully refreshed by a solid meal. 

(Definition of “complaisance” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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