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[kuh m-pley-suh ns, -zuh ns, kom-pluh-zans] /kəmˈpleɪ səns, -zəns, ˈkɒm pləˌzæns/

the quality of being .
a act.
deference to the wishes of others; willing compliance
an act of willing compliance

1650s, from French complaisance (14c.), in Middle French “care or desire to please,” from Medieval Latin complacentia (see complacence).


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