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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The Gargoyle King is just a creepy statue in the basement of the Sisters of Quiet Mercy facility, and it's has been used for decades to traumatize its residents into compliance. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riverdale's Winter Finale Finally Solves the Gargoyle King Mystery," 13 Dec. 2018 The settlement reached between Disability Rights Washington and the state is designed to bring the state into compliance with the judge's order to provide timely competency evaluations and treatment for mentally ill people charged with crimes. Martha Bellisle, The Seattle Times, "Judge OKs settlement in case against Washington state over delays in mental-competency services," 12 Dec. 2018 Basic repairs would include fixing or replacing glass panes and weather seals as well as patching deteriorated concrete support beams and bringing the domes into compliance with current building codes and accessibility requirements. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Public hearing draws support for preserving the Mitchell Park Domes in MIlwaukee," 26 June 2018 To come into long-term compliance, the Legislature will mainly have to adjust its existing funding plan for inflation, the court ruling said. Dion Lefler, Hunter Woodall, Katy Bergen And Suzanne Tobias, kansascity, "Kansas school funding still inadequate, Supreme Court says," 25 June 2018 Along with resurfacing, such projects include fixing potholes and tripping hazards, repairing cracks, some curb replacement and bringing some crosswalks into ADA compliance, Pubentz said. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin to launch $6.4 million in road repairs and other infrastructure projects," 14 June 2018 Shortly after being first contacted by the EPA three years ago, Magnolia Homes took immediate steps to bring its activities into compliance with TSCA. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Chip and Joanna Gaines Pay $40,000 EPA Fine for Lead Paint Violations," 6 June 2018 Shortly after being first contacted by the EPA three years ago, Magnolia Homes took immediate steps to bring its activities into compliance with [the Toxic Substances Control Act]. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Chip and Joanna Gaines Were Just Fined $40,000 by the EPA," 6 June 2018 Those outflows must be closed by 2022 to bring the city into compliance with the federal Clean Water Act. Scott Dance,, "Baltimore waterways showed drop in fecal bacteria levels last year; advocates hope it's a healthy trend," 29 May 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

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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