compliance

noun
com·​pli·​ance | \ kəm-ˈplī-ən(t)s \

Definition of compliance

1a : the act or process of complying to a desire, demand, proposal, or regimen or to coercion Patient compliance in completing the treatment regimens was excellent.— Georgia A. Chrousos
b : conformity in fulfilling official requirements His actions were in compliance with state law.
2 : a disposition to yield to others
3 : the ability of an object to yield elastically when a force is applied : flexibility

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Examples of compliance in a Sentence

She was rewarded for her compliance. There has been a low rate of compliance with the new law.

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The indictment alleges the three bankers conspired to get around their bank’s internal controls, though critics have questioned compliance procedures at Credit Suisse. Christopher Torchia, The Seattle Times, "Wanted by US, former Mozambican official appears in SA court," 8 Jan. 2019 In a press release, the EPA said that compliance with the rule costs power companies $7.4 to $9.6 billion annually, while benefits tallied only $4 to $6 million annually. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "EPA says regulation of mercury emissions not “appropriate and necessary”," 29 Dec. 2018 As such, they’re considered personal property instead of housing, and are licensed by the Department of Motor Vehicles and must abide by its guidelines for building and safety compliance. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "The Impressive Evolution Of Prefabricated Houses," 24 Dec. 2018 In July 2017, the FDA delayed the compliance deadline for the regulation of e-cigarette products to 2022. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Vaping gone viral: the astonishing surge in teens’ e-cigarette use," 18 Dec. 2018 Web developers have historically only bothered with such trivia as standards compliance and as a way to test their pages in multiple browsers when the market landscape has forced them to. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Google isn’t the company that we should have handed the Web over to," 17 Dec. 2018 That meant more engineering dollars spent bringing models up to compliance—and fewer manufacturers that think doing this with their supersports is worth it. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Motorcycle Makers Are Bailing Out of Building Supersport Bikes. Not Kawasaki.," 12 Dec. 2018 The GH Sustainability Awards will honor packaging by examining measurable criteria including material type and origin, product to packaging weight ratio, recyclability, compliance with model legislation and innovation. Good Housekeeping, "Frequently Asked Questions About Good Housekeeping's Sustainability Awards," 7 Nov. 2018 The network launched an internal investigation, during which the Times claims that CBS' chief compliance officer Mark Engstrom submitted footage of Dushku cursing on set, purportedly to undermine her complaints. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "CBS Confirms It Paid Actress Eliza Dushku $9.5 Million to Settle Harassment Claims," 15 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of compliance

circa 1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for compliance

see comply

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compliance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of compliance

: the act or process of doing what you have been asked or ordered to do : the act or process of complying

compliance

noun
com·​pli·​ance | \ kəm-ˈplī-ən(t)s \

Medical Definition of compliance

1 : the ability or process of yielding to changes in pressure without disruption of structure or function a study of pulmonary compliance the tone of colonic muscle as judged by compliance of the gut wall— S. C. Truelove
2 : the process of complying with a regimen of treatment simplified drug regimens may encourage better compliance

compliance

noun
com·​pli·​ance | \ kəm-ˈplī-əns \

Legal Definition of compliance

1 : an act or process of complying with a demand or recommendation
2 : observance of official requirements

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