com·​pli·​ance | \ kəm-ˈplī-ən(t)s How to pronounce compliance (audio) \

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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Photographers, painters, even filmmakers documented the viral opening in compliance with some of the tower's unique rules: It can't be drawn in permanent marker and all photos belong to Hudson Yards, not the photographer. House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Hudson Yards, New York's $25 Billion Neighborhood," 19 Mar. 2019 All three affidavits describe persistent use of pesticides in the company’s greenhouse by employees who were told not to discuss their use with ForwardGro’s compliance officer. Michael Dresser,, "Regulators investigating Maryland medical marijuana grower for alleged pesticide use," 9 July 2018 The County Board on Thursday delayed acting on the measure and referred it to the county Corporation Counsel for review to ensure compliance with federal law. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Drone operators raise concerns about Milwaukee County's proposed ban of devices in parks and parkways," 22 June 2018 The president’s deal with ZTE would have forced the company to pay a $1 billion penalty, reorganize its company and allow U.S. compliance officers in exchange for being able to sell its products inside the U.S. NBC News, "Senate blocks ZTE deal in rebuke of Trump deal," 12 June 2018 The agency announced a settlement with Magnolia Waco Properties LLC, doing business as Magnolia Homes, to ensure compliance. Susan Hogan,, "‘Fixer Upper’ stars Chip and Joanna Gaines fined by EPA for lead paint violations," 8 June 2018 Charlie Faas, the school’s vice president for administration and finance told The Chronicle, adding that the campus is hiring a Clery compliance officer. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, "State audit finds colleges did not accurately disclose campus-area crimes," 10 May 2018 The department will start with a human resources director and compliance officer, according to the ordinance, and the council would create other positions as needed. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "Lake County hires HR director to lead new department," 2 May 2018 In 2016, 20 automakers reached an agreement with the U.S. government to put automatic emergency braking on all new vehicles by September of 2022, but compliance is voluntary. Jamey Keaten, The Seattle Times, "40 countries agree cars must have automatic braking," 13 Feb. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of compliance

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


com·​pli·​ance | \ kəm-ˈplī-ən(t)s How to pronounce compliance (audio) \

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


com·​pli·​ance | \ kəm-ˈplī-əns How to pronounce compliance (audio) \

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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