ingratiating

If someone in your class places an apple on your teacher's desk in an ingratiating manner, that means he's making a calculated move to suck up and win your teacher's favor.

The word ingratiating comes from a combination of the Latin prefix in- meaning "in" and gratia meaning "favor, grace." A person who is ingratiating is trying to get in the favor or grace of those around her. But the word doesn't always have to imply a sly attempt at winning others over, sometimes it can simply mean charming or agreeable. A person's smile can be ingratiating, winning people over simply with its charm.

Definitions of ingratiating
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adj capable of winning favor

“with open arms and an ingratiating smile”
Synonyms:
pleasing
giving pleasure and satisfaction

adj calculated to please or gain favor

“a smooth ingratiating manner”
Synonyms:
ingratiatory, insinuating
flattering
showing or representing to advantage

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