Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Exhibiting a desire or willingness to please; cheerfully obliging.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Disposed to please; pleasing in manners; compliantly disposed; exhibiting complaisance; affable; gracious; obliging.
  • Synonyms Courteous, Urbane, etc. See polite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Desirous to please; courteous; obliging; compliant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective compliant
  • adjective Willing to do what pleases others.
  • adjective archaic polite, showing respect

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective showing a cheerful willingness to do favors for others

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Old French, present participle of complaire, to please, from Latin complacēre; see complacent.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French complaire ("willing to please"), from Latin complacēre, present active infinitive of complaceō ("please well"), from com- ("with") + placeō ("please").

Examples

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  • The scholar is decent, indolent, complaisant. See already the tragic consequence. The mind of this country, taught to aim at low objects, eats upon itself.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The American Scholar"

    November 15, 2011