compliance

noun

com·​pli·​ance kəm-ˈplī-ən(t)s How to pronounce compliance (audio)
1
a
: 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

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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Word History

Etymology

comply + -ance

First Known Use

circa 1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of compliance was circa 1630

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Cite this Entry

“Compliance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compliance. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

compliance

noun
com·​pli·​ance kəm-ˈplī-ən(t)s How to pronounce compliance (audio)
1
: the act or process of complying
2
: a readiness or willingness to yield to others

Medical Definition

compliance

noun
com·​pli·​ance kəm-ˈplī-ən(t)s How to pronounce compliance (audio)
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 wallS. C. Truelove
2
: the process of complying with a regimen of treatment
simplified drug regimens may encourage better compliance

Legal Definition

compliance

noun
com·​pli·​ance kəm-ˈplī-əns How to pronounce compliance (audio)
1
: an act or process of complying with a demand or recommendation
2
: observance of official requirements

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