com·​pli·​ant | \ kəm-ˈplī-ənt How to pronounce compliant (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web So how can these businesses stay current with the latest HR practices and technology, and compliant with state and federal regulations? USA TODAY, "Florida conference trains small-business owners to succeed in human resources," 29 July 2019 Johnson said Sanders was compliant with officers at the scene. Carol Robinson |, al, "Escaped work release inmate recaptured at Sylacauga motel," 16 Sep. 2019 The work-around the administration is proposing is to declare that ICE detention centers for families are compliant with the agreement because they are licensed by ICE, not a state. Julia Ainsley, NBC News, "Trump administration to lift limit on how long it can detain migrant families," 21 Aug. 2019 That means, in all likelihood, that the vulnerability affects just about every device that's compliant with the specification. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "New Attack exploiting serious Bluetooth weakness can intercept sensitive data," 17 Aug. 2019 The auditorium seats 2,017, including seats that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Here's what the new Brown County Music Center looks like and what to know about it," 15 Aug. 2019 Klatzco also asked whether staff had planned the unexpected sidewalk improvements to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Phil Rockrohr,, "Lincolnwood to pay almost $4.3 million for sewer project after $678,000 in additional costs discovered," 25 June 2019 That's when the law will be enforced for states that are in compliance and residents will have to have REAL ID-compliant identification. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Missouri isn’t ready for the switch to REAL ID. That could affect your travel plans," 15 June 2018 Starting October 1, 2020, every domestic air traveler will require a Real ID-compliant license, or another acceptable form of identification, for domestic air travel. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Real ID Act: Here's When Your License May Stop Working at Airports," 2 Jan. 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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27 Oct 2019

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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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not being in agreement or harmony

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