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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 The court order, issued on Thursday, suspends Rodrigues for 90 days to ensure compliance with the ongoing investigation. Alessandra Castelli, CNN, "Brazilian senator allegedly found with cash in his underwear during police raid," 16 Oct. 2020 This year the attractions will be opened at 50% capacity, and tickets will be sold online to ensure compliance. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "AA shrine, haunted houses, tramway: News from around our 50 states," 12 Oct. 2020 The city also hasn’t completed an outside audit or added a director of regulators and licensing, two initiatives that Montaño planned in order to ensure compliance with rules and restrictions. David Hammer,, "WWL-TV: City inspection department shake-up stalled as few apply for open jobs," 12 Oct. 2020 The federal government has for decades sent prosecutors and federal observers to polling places to ensure compliance with federal law. Michael Balsamo, Star Tribune, "Law enforcement preps for potential election-related unrest," 8 Oct. 2020 The forum will be broadcast live from the Community Media Center, however to ensure compliance with state and local social distancing guidelines, the forum venue will not be open to the public., "Community Media Center, Times to hold forum for Board of Education candidates, Sept. 29," 23 Sep. 2020 Cuomo said the city will deploy 400 enforcement personnel to ensure compliance. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "New York City Set to Bring Back Indoor Dining on Sept. 30," 10 Sep. 2020 Surveyors randomly select patients and review their medical records to ensure compliance with standards. Christine Sexton,, "COVID-19 makes it hard to inspect nursing homes," 6 Sep. 2020 Surveyors randomly select patients and review their medical records to ensure compliance with standards. Christine Sexton,, "COVID-19 makes nursing home health inspections tough to accomplish," 4 Sep. 2020

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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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24 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Compliance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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