AskDefine | Define ingratiating

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ingratiating adj
1 capable of winning favor; "with open arms and an ingratiating smile"
2 calculated to please or gain favor; "a smooth ingratiating manner" [syn: ingratiatory]

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  1. Which ingratiates; which attempts to bring oneself into the favour of another. The implication is often of flattery or insincerity.
    an ingratiating smile


  1. present participle of ingratiate

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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