compliance

noun com·pli·ance \ kəm-ˈplī-ən(t)s \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of compliance

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

  1. She was rewarded for her compliance.

  2. There has been a low rate of compliance with the new law.

Recent Examples of compliance from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of compliance

see comply



COMPLIANCE Defined for English Language Learners

compliance

noun

Definition of compliance for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

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

Law Dictionary

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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