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 Furthermore, Oracle may not be compliant with the Apache 2.0 license in its use. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "2020’s 20 most-commented stories," 25 Dec. 2020 In court documents, the officers’ lawyers argued, in part, that McGough was not being compliant. Abbie Vansickle And Challen Stephens, USA TODAY, "Police inflict painful dog bites to get people to obey - even when they're already obeying," 17 Dec. 2020 Anderson said city inspectors could come by any time to make sure a business is compliant. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage restaurant coalition pitches plan to reopen, but officials say better sanitizing won’t make dining-in safe," 15 Dec. 2020 In court documents, the officers’ lawyers argued, in part, that McGough was not being compliant. al, "Police use pain to make people obey. But critics say dog bites go too far.," 14 Dec. 2020 But the fact that people at theme parks can be more compliant than just about anywhere else means little when outside the gates all bets are off. Los Angeles Times, "Disney’s partial California Adventure reopening: Why our safe spaces in 2020 feel forever changed," 13 Dec. 2020 Ohioans were more compliant with stay-at-home messaging than the average American. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Despite health warnings, just four in 10 Ohioans stayed home on Thanksgiving, according to cellphone location data," 11 Dec. 2020 The community has been very compliant with Covid-19 regulations and mask-wearing is the norm, even among visitors, which is crucial since the economy there depends on tourism, according to Don Nelson, the paper’s publisher and editor. NBC News, "As the pandemic rages, local newspapers try to break through to readers," 10 Dec. 2020 To mask or not to mask:Now that Trump tested positive for COVID-19, will shoppers be more compliant with mask mandates at stores? Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "White House 'super spreader' event in Rose Garden reminds people that yes, you should still wear a mask outside," 5 Oct. 2020

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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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12 Jan 2021

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“Compliant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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