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complaisance


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Complaisance  \Com"plai*sance`\  (?;  277),  n.  [F.  complaisance. 
  See  {Complaisant},  and  cf  {Complacence}.] 
  Disposition  to  please  or  oblige;  obliging  compliance  with  the 
  wishes  of  others  a  deportment  indicative  of  a  desire  to 
  please;  courtesy;  civility. 
 
  These  [ladies]  .  .  .  are  by  the  just  complaisance  and 
  gallantry  of  our  nation  the  most  powerful  part  of  our 
  people.  --Addison. 
 
  They  strive  with  their  own  hearts  and  keep  them  down 
  In  complaisance  to  all  the  fools  in  town.  --Young. 
 
  Syn:  Civility;  courtesy;  urbanity;  suavity;  affability;  good 
  breeding. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  complaisance 
  n  :  a  disposition  or  tendency  to  yield  to  the  will  of  others 
  [syn:  {compliance},  {compliancy},  {obligingness},  {deference}] 




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