compliance

noun
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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This proposal is a means to make the field as playable as possible given it is a drainage area and in compliance with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Park board approves synthetic turf plan for Keystone Park infields," 2 July 2019 The move is likely part of Facebook’s strategy to show regulators that is doing a good job policing its own service — putting it in compliance with existing anti-discrimination law — and doesn’t need a heavy-handed approach from lawmakers. Washington Post, "Facebook to make jobs, credit ads searchable," 30 June 2019 Northside officials are manually pulling the data for the 2017-2018 school year to make sure the district is in compliance, Perez said. Krista Torralva, ExpressNews.com, "Northside ISD says it restrained hundreds of students but software didn’t report it," 29 June 2019 On April 23, the boys’ parents filed a claim against the SID in compliance with the Tort Claims Act. Nick Sestanovich, The Mercury News, "New lawsuits claim ‘bypassed’ safety device to blame for electrocution of Two North Bay teens," 23 June 2019 Connecticut has the highest monitored ozone values in the eastern U.S. and the state has rarely been in compliance with ozone standards set by the EPA. Jan Ellen Spiegel, courant.com, "With air quality on the line, Connecticut is ready to fight new Trump power plan," 19 June 2019 Administration officials are grappling with whether to press the remaining parties to the deal, including Britain, France and Germany, to demand that Iran stay in compliance. Matthew Lee, The Denver Post, "U.S. sending more troops to Middle East as Iran tensions mount," 17 June 2019 This model provides a starting point for farmers, distributors, and hospitality professionals to work together in order to build a food system that is completely in compliance with both state and federal law. Billy Lyons, Fortune, "How to Eat, Drink, and Appreciate Cannabis at Restaurants," 15 June 2019 The Lincoln Journal-Star reports that Councilman Roy Christensen has been working with city lawyers to write a new ordinance that would allow businesses like 88 Hookah Lounge to operate in compliance with the owners’ faith and local rules. USA TODAY, "Retired monkeys, freeze-dried blood, ‘Hidden Figures Way’: News from around our 50 states," 14 June 2019

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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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compliance

noun

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

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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