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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My compliance didn’t arise from a deep respect for the law so much as a desperate urge to avoid the grey vampire of bureaucracy. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Driving Without a Smartphone," 10 July 2018 The Schweikert campaign in December changed the company that oversees its compliance with campaign finance matters. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Rep. David Schweikert's chief of staff steps down amid ethics probe," 9 July 2018 The former monopoly is weighing which national watchdog to choose to oversee its compliance with EU data laws and want to make a decision this year. Emma Ross-thomas,, "Brexit Bulletin: The Threat of No Deal," 19 June 2018 Medicaid recipients would have to submit reports monthly about their compliance with the new rules, which also allow for the requirements to be met through school, vocational or job training, internships and community service. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan bill forces Medicaid recipients to work 80 hours per month," 7 June 2018 In most cases, pre-season inspections found pools were in compliance. Anna Douglas And Rachel Jones, charlotteobserver, "Before you jump in, do you know how clean your Charlotte-area pool is?," 5 June 2018 Yet their aerobic fitness declined by 3 percent, and their cardiac compliance didn't change. Amby Burfoot,, "Middle Age Not Too Late To Increase Cardiac Fitness, Studies Show," 1 June 2018 He's led the agency for two months, ever since Trump fired David Shulkin amid an internal revolt and questions about his compliance with ethics rules. NBC News, "Trump nominates Robert Wilkie to head Veterans Affairs," 18 May 2018 Executive Director Ashley Berg said 97 percent of the schools the ACLU claimed were not in compliance have been deemed compliant by the board. Craig Harris, azcentral, "The charter-vs.-district school funding debate: Who gets more money?," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of compliance

circa 1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for compliance

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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


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


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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