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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When Villarreal approached local officials about the need for an accessible playground, the city told her that all 34 of Palo Alto’s playgrounds were ADA compliant. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Why cities need accessible playgrounds," 20 July 2018 As the deadline nears for the REAL ID act, which sets standards for compliant identification, more states have started storing pictures of citizen’s faces. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "What the Capital Gazette Shooting Reveals About Face Recognition," 29 June 2018 However, some parents have been less compliant, instead expressing frustration at the ban's community-wide implications. Connie Lin, Good Housekeeping, "A Michigan Mom Got Her Teen's High School to Ban All Nuts," 9 Sep. 2015 Transactive-compliant devices bear a stylized TE logo next to the Energy Star icon. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The World of 2045," 14 Oct. 2018 The death of the 10-month old dog occurred after a passenger brought the pet on board a March flight in a TSA-compliant pet carrier. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "Report: United Airlines reaches settlement for dog that died in overhead bin," 24 May 2018 As the indictment alleges, Person, as a NCAA Division I men's basketball (assistant) coach, had a duty to run an NCAA-compliant basketball program for Auburn, which included not directing players to financial advisors or agents in exchange for cash. James Crepea,, "Government opposes Chuck Person's motion to dismiss federal indictment," 3 May 2018 Parra said when asked what would happen if Cano remained non-compliant. Gustavo Solis,, "National City councilman finally files plans to correct 5-year-old building violations," 3 Apr. 2018 Not a fridge for halal food; an appliance that is itself supposedly sharia-compliant (though the Koran does not mention fridges). The Economist, "Why Indonesia is so bad at lawmaking," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of compliant

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for compliant

see comply

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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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