Definitions

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  • adj. gentle; courteous; complaisant; yielding

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Gentle; courteous; complaisant; yielding.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Complaisant; courteous; kind; yielding.

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Examples

  • English marriage rites until the fourteenth century, when the wife promised to be "buxom" (which then meant submissive) and "bonair"

    Little Essays of Love and Virtue

  • Reformation, the bride promised complaisance and obedience, in these terms: "I will be bonair and _buxom_ in bed and at board."

    The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 05 Miscellaneous Pieces

  • Well, I was after some bonair, some salubrious, cobweb-clearing misma.

    Paula's House of Toast

  • Here we find that the husband promises to love and cherish the wife, but she promises not only to love and cherish but also to obey him, though, it may be noted, this point was not introduced into English marriage rites until the fourteenth century, when the wife promised to be ` ` buxom '' (which then meant submissive) and ` ` bonair '' (courteous and kind), while in some French and Spanish rites it has never been introduced at all.

    On Life and Sex: Essays of Love and Virtue

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