compliance

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

Essential Meaning of compliance

formal : the act or process of doing what you have been asked or ordered to do : the act or process of complying She was rewarded for her compliance. There has been a low/high rate of compliance with the new law.

Full 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Some smaller state agencies — including the Office of the Attorney General and the Office of Policy and Management, among others — have reported 100% compliance with Lamont’s order. Alex Putterman, courant.com, 7 Oct. 2021 The lack of consistency here means that cyber practitioners will again spend excessive time and effort worrying about compliance with competing guidelines. Gordon Bitko, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 The company previously hasn’t had a central location, but has run into scrutiny from European and U.S. regulators over its compliance with anti-money laundering laws. Kevin T. Dugan, Fortune, 7 Oct. 2021 Offshore financial firms that responded to the international consortium's and The Post's requests for comment issued statements asserting their compliance with legal mandates but declining to answer questions about their clients. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 4 Oct. 2021 Offshore financial firms that responded to the ICIJ’s and The Post’s requests for comment issued statements asserting their compliance with legal mandates but declining to answer questions about their clients. Washington Post, 3 Oct. 2021 The certification is denied when an applicant’s work samples don’t meet minimum compliance with national standards, according to the agency’s upgrade procedures. Stephen Groves, chicagotribune.com, 28 Sep. 2021 That is 15 times more employees than U-M assigns to compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, which is a legal requirement, and more than double the number of history professors the universities have. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 26 Sep. 2021 The issue involves a dispute over the company's compliance with subpoenas, including one dating from December 2019. Kara Scannell, CNN, 24 Sep. 2021

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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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The first known use of compliance was circa 1630

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13 Oct 2021

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“Compliance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compliance. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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compliance

noun
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

compliance

noun
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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