complaisant

  • 1 complaisant — complaisant, ante [ kɔ̃plɛzɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1556; de complaire 1 ♦ Qui a de la complaisance (envers autrui). ⇒ aimable, empressé, obligeant, 1. poli, prévenant, serviable. Être, se montrer complaisant pour, envers qqn. Vous n êtes pas très… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 2 complaisant — COMPLAISANT, ANTE. adj. Qui a de la complaisance pour les autres. Un homme complaisant. Un esprit doux et complaisant. Humeur complaisante.Complaisant, est aussi substantif. Et dans cette acception l on dit, qu Un homme n aime que les… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • 3 complaisant — complaisant, ante (kon plè zan, zan t ) adj. 1°   Qui a de la complaisance ou des complaisances.... •   S il m eût vaincu, votre esprit complaisant Lui faisait de ma tête un semblable présent, CORN. Pomp. III, 2. •   Et, comme c est m aimer que… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 4 Complaisant — Com plai*sant, a. [F. complaisant, p. pr. of complaire to acquiesce as a favor, fr. L. complacere. See {Complacent}.] Desirous to please; courteous; obliging; compliant; as, a complaisant gentleman. [1913 Webster] There are to whom my satire… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 complaisant — Complaisant, [complais]ante. adj. v. Qui a de la complaisance pour les autres. Un homme complaisant. un esprit doux & complaisant. humeur complaisante …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 6 complaisant — 1640s, from Fr. complaisant (16c.), in M.Fr., pleasing, prp. of complaire acquiesce to please, from L. complacere be very pleasing (see COMPLACENT (Cf. complacent), with which it overlapped till mid 19c.). Possibly influenced in French by O.Fr.… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 complaisant — index complacent, obedient, obeisant, permissive, yielding Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 complaisant — obliging, good natured, *amiable Analogous words: affable, genial, cordial, *gracious: courteous, courtly, gallant, polite, *civil: *suave, urbane, politic, diplomatic, smooth, bland: agreeable, *pleasant, pleasing Antonyms: contrary, perverse …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 complaisant — [adj] agreeable accommodating, amiable, compliant, conciliatory, deferential, easy, easy going, friendly, generous, good humored, good natured, good tempered, indulgent, lenient, mild, obliging, polite, solicitous, submissive; concept 401 Ant.… …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 complaisant — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ willing to please others or to accept their behaviour without protest. DERIVATIVES complaisance noun. ORIGIN French, from Latin complacere to please …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 complaisant — [kəm plā′zənt, kəm plāsənt; ] also [ käm′plə zant΄] adj. [Fr, prp. of complaire < L complacere: see COMPLACENT] willing to please; affably agreeable; obliging complaisantly adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 12 COMPLAISANT — ANTE. adj. Qui a de la complaisance pour les autres. Un homme complaisant. Être complaisant pour tout le monde. Il s est montré fort complaisant envers nous. Se faire le ministre complaisant des passions d autrui. Un esprit doux et complaisant.… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 13 complaisant — [17] Complaisant and complacent [17] are virtual doublets. Both come from Latin complacēre ‘please greatly’ (a compound verb formed from placēre, source of English please), but they reached English along different routes. Complaisant came via… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 14 complaisant — complacent, complaisant have the same pronunciation apart from s in the first and z in the second. Both are derived from the Latin word complacere ‘to please’. Complacent means ‘calmly confident’ and normally has unfavourable connotations, i.e.… …

    Modern English usage

  • 15 complaisant — [17] Complaisant and complacent [17] are virtual doublets. Both come from Latin complacēre ‘please greatly’ (a compound verb formed from placēre, source of English please), but they reached English along different routes. Complaisant came via… …

    Word origins

  • 16 complaisant — [[t]kəmple͟ɪz(ə)nt[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you are complaisant, you are willing to accept what other people are doing without complaining. [OLD FASHIONED] ...his pretty and complaisant wife …

    English dictionary

  • 17 complaisant — complaisantly, adv. /keuhm play seuhnt, zeuhnt, kom pleuh zant /, adj. inclined or disposed to please; obliging; agreeable or gracious; compliant: the most complaisant child I ve ever met. [1640 50; < F (prp. of complaire) < L complacent (s. of… …

    Universalium

  • 18 complaisant — com|plai|sant [... zã:] <aus gleichbed. fr. complaisant> (veraltet) gefällig, entgegenkommend, bereitwillig, willfährig, nachgiebig, selbstgefällig …

    Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • 19 complaisant — [kəm pleɪz(ə)nt] adjective willing to please others or to accept their behaviour. Derivatives complaisance noun Origin C17: Fr., from complaire acquiesce in order to please , from L. complacere to please . Usage On the confusion of complaisant… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 complaisant — adjective Etymology: French, from Middle French, from present participle of complaire to gratify, acquiesce, from Latin complacēre Date: 1638 1. marked by an inclination to please or oblige 2. tending to consent to others wishes Synonyms: see… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary


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