from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The inclination to comply willingly with the wishes of others; amiability.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The quality of being complaisant, amiable or agreeable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Disposition to please or oblige; obliging compliance with the wishes of others; a deportment indicative of a desire to please; courtesy; civility.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Civility and graciousness; that manner of address and behavior in social intercourse which gives pleasure; affability; courtesy; desire to please; acquiescence (in another's wishes) or conformity (to another's desires or comfort) for courtesy's sake.
- n. Synonyms Complacency, Complaisance (see complacence), urbanity, suavity, deference, good breeding, politeness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others
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But the only ground of this decree being in complaisance to the rigid Jews that had embraced the Christian faith, and, except in that one case of scandal, all meats being pronounced free and indifferent to all Christians as soon as the reason of the decree ceased, which, at furthest, was after the destruction of Jerusalem, the obligation of it ceased likewise.
In token of this general grief, I covered the deep for him, put that into black, gave a stop to business, in complaisance to this universal mourning.
David came to the crown kings were sometimes his companions; they visited him and he returned their visits; but he did not, in complaisance to them, talk of every thing but religion, for fear of affronting them and making his conversation uneasy to them.
Yet, It's A Wonderful Life has a dark, brooding heart and it openly questions in brutal terms the complaisance of small-town life just after the world's worst-ever conflict, a war that snuffed out tens of millions of people.
Vexations and a tempest of passion only fill his sail; as the good Luther writes, “When I am angry, I can pray well and preach well”: and, if we knew the genesis of fine strokes of eloquence, they might recall the complaisance of Sultan Amurath, who struck off some Persian heads, that his physician, Vesalius, might see the spasms in the muscles of the neck.
"When I am angry I can pray well, and preach well;" and if we knew the genesis of fine-strokes of eloquence, they might recall the complaisance of Sultan Amurath, who struck off some Persian heads, that his physician, Vesalius, might see the spasms in the muscles of the neck.
"complaisance" -- that every man strive to accommodate himself to the rest.
Our chief, not relishing this kind of complaisance in the
"Some are, and must be, greater than the rest;" but then, as Dr Beattie observes, "the superiority vested by law in the man is compensated to the woman by that superior complaisance which is paid them by every man who aspires to elegance of manners."
I felt myself very comfortable in that house, and every individual of the family had all kind of complaisance for me.