com·pli·ant | \kəm-ˈplī-ənt \

Definition of compliant 

1 : ready or disposed to comply : submissive a corrupt regime aided by a compliant press was compliant and eager to please

2 : conforming to requirements compliant software

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Other Words from compliant

compliantly adverb

Examples of compliant in a Sentence

I asked him for a favor, and he was compliant. The student's shirt was not compliant with the school's dress code. The software is compliant with the latest standards.
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All were non-compliant with fire-safety regulations, including more than 100 that had been replaced in 2011, Lane found. Sarah Tilotta, CNN, "'I am broken': A year on and still no justice for Grenfell fire victims," 13 June 2018 The brand had announced a licensing partnership with the Whole30 in December, and followers of the rigid eating plan were stocking up on the hotdogs and bacon that were now being touted as compliant with the program. Beth Kowitt, Fortune, "Why Everyone You Know Is Doing the Whole30—the Diet Nutritionists Call 'Baseless'," 6 Feb. 2018 An extremely non-dress-code-compliant retro black polo colorway and matching shorts are exclusive to Palace. Samuel Hine, GQ, "Rebel Streetwear Brand Palace Has Crashed Wimbledon," 3 July 2018 Aardvark's straws use only FDA-compliant and food-grade materials, and are marine degradable and compostable. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Aardvark paper straws: This Fort Wayne company has your plastic straw alternative," 24 June 2018 The purchase of NeXT gave Apple a buzzword-compliant OS with a healthy ecosystem of high-quality third-party applications. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "From Win32 to Cocoa: A Windows user’s would-be conversion to Mac OS, part II," 27 May 2018 Wallets and other identification or money holders can remain in their pocket or size-compliant bag., "What you need to know about Orioles' Opening Day at Camden Yards," 29 Mar. 2018 On Monday, a French bulldog puppy suffocated to death on a three-hour flight from Houston to New York after a United flight attendant insisted the owner stow the dog, which was in a TSA-compliant pet carrier, in an overhead bin. Mallorie Sullivan,, "United Airlines flight diverted to Ohio after dog accidentally placed on wrong plane," 17 Mar. 2018 Skip, which pitches itself as the friendly and compliant company, is already ahead of the curve on that. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "Scooter companies tried to barge into San Francisco and got kicked out. Now they’re making big promises to get legal.," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of compliant

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for compliant

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13 Oct 2018

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The first known use of compliant was in 1642

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English Language Learners Definition of compliant

: willing to do whatever you are asked or ordered to do : ready and willing to comply

: agreeing with a set of rules, standards, or requirements

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