V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: eager to please

Synonyms: accommodating, obliging, compliant, amiable

Antonyms: unaccommodating, noncompliant, un-obliging, selfish

Tips: Complaisant is not to be confused with the similar word complacent, which can also mean "eager to please," but is more commonly used to denote contentment and self-satisfaction. When you are complaisant, you are willing to oblige the wishes of others. The noun complaisance refers to a willingness to be polite and obliging to other people. If you are complaisant, you tend to put other people's wishes above your own.

Usage Examples:

I was careful to not take advantage of his gentle and complaisant nature. (obliging, compliant)

My boss knows I have a tendency to be complaisant, so she usually gives me extra work because she knows I won't say "no." (accommodating, obliging)

I appreciated his complaisance with my plans, since they didn't really fit with what he wanted to do. (willingness to oblige) noun

I was surprised that Jim was so complaisant, because he usually isn't willing to be accommodating. (obliging, amiable)

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