complaisance

Part of speech: noun

The desire or endeavor to please; politeness.

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Usage examples "complaisance":

  1. The freedom of the stage will be abused just as certainly as the complaisance and innocence of the censorship is abused at present. - "The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet", George Bernard Shaw.
  2. On my explaining the true state of the case, he merely observed, " He is a great man;" and yet I thought the remark was made coldly, or in complaisance to us. - "Recollections of Europe", J. Fenimore Cooper.
  3. Doubtless the Free Traders thought they were paying for some complaisance on the part of the master of Abbey Burnfoot. - "Patsy", S. R. Crockett.