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  • n  a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others

  • Gwen, by contrast, is a tornado of fresh-scrubbed feminine complaisance and complicity with every imaginable expectation of good mothers and wives.
  • Our dangers are that we may commit suicide from within by complaisance with evil, or by public tolerance of scandalous behavior.
  • It is implicit in a memoir that shuns complaisance -- even while it draws evocative sketches of Capri and of the other ''monsters,'' literary or otherwise who stayed there.

  • Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng in Ghana News Agency
    We lost an election that in our complaisance we deemed was easier to win than to lose,Prof Frimpong-Boateng stated in Accra, as he officially launched his bid to contest the presidential primaries of the party for Election 2012.
  • John Dickinson in Wall Street Journal
    Here a person sees & converses with people of all ranks, of all tempers,Dickinson wrote. "He acquires an ease & freedom of behaviour with his superiors, complaisance and civility to his inferiors."

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