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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kuh m-pley-suh nt, -zuh nt, kom-pluh-zant]
    • /kəmˈpleɪ sənt, -zənt, ˈkɒm pləˌzænt/
    • /kəmˈpleɪ.zəns/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kuh m-pley-suh nt, -zuh nt, kom-pluh-zant]
    • /kəmˈpleɪ sənt, -zənt, ˈkɒm pləˌzænt/

Definitions of complaisant word

  • adjective complaisant If you are complaisant, you are willing to accept what other people are doing without complaining. 3
  • adjective complaisant showing a desire to comply or oblige; polite 3
  • adjective complaisant willing to please; affably agreeable; obliging 3
  • adjective complaisant inclined or disposed to please; obliging; agreeable or gracious; compliant: the most complaisant child I've ever met. 1
  • noun complaisant Willing to please others ; obliging; agreeable. 1
  • adjective complaisant compliant. 0

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Origin of complaisant

First appearance:

before 1640
One of the 44% oldest English words
1640-50; < French (present participle of complaire) < Latin complacent- (stem of complacēns, present participle of complacēre; see complacent)

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Parts of speech for Complaisant


complaisant popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 66% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for complaisant

adj complaisant

  • accommodating — If you describe someone as accommodating, you like the fact that they are willing to do things in order to please you or help you.
  • amiable — Someone who is amiable is friendly and pleasant to be with.
  • compliant — If you say that someone is compliant, you mean they willingly do what they are asked to do.
  • conciliatory — When you are conciliatory in your actions or behaviour, you show that you are willing to end a disagreement with someone.
  • deferential — Someone who is deferential is polite and respectful towards someone else.

adjective complaisant

  • agreeable — If something is agreeable, it is pleasant and you enjoy it.

Antonyms for complaisant

adj complaisant

  • antagonistic — If a person is antagonistic to someone or something, they show hatred or dislike towards them.
  • discontented — not content; dissatisfied; discontented.
  • dissatisfied — not satisfied or pleased; discontented.
  • obstinate — firmly or stubbornly adhering to one's purpose, opinion, etc.; not yielding to argument, persuasion, or entreaty.
  • disagreeable — contrary to one's taste or liking; unpleasant; offensive; repugnant.

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