com·​pli·​ant kəm-ˈplī-ənt How to pronounce compliant (audio)
: ready or disposed to comply : submissive
a corrupt regime aided by a compliant press
was compliant and eager to please
: conforming to requirements
compliant software
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.
Recent Examples on the Web The court's findings emphasize the necessity for regulatory authorities to ensure their actions and directives are fully compliant with established legal procedures. Jessica Ledingham, J.d., Ll.m., Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Transport for London said in October that 95% of vehicles across inner and outer London were now compliant with clean-air standards. Joe Mayes, Fortune Europe, 26 Mar. 2024 Regulatory sandboxes are real-life testing environments for technologies and procedures that are not yet fully compliant with existing laws and regulations. Gisele Waters, IEEE Spectrum, 26 Mar. 2024 The project, which will make the Abilene campus more compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, modernize the auditorium and visitor center and will improve the exhibit displays, was backed by Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican. Daniel Desrochers, Kansas City Star, 25 Mar. 2024 Apple is confident its business is compliant, company spokesperson Rob Saunders told WIRED. Morgan Meaker, WIRED, 25 Mar. 2024 To make a competitive offer for Wilkins and/or Hunt, Miami would need to clear out more than $50 million in cap space in the coming days, not only to be cap compliant by Wednesday’s deadline, but to have enough room to address other positions. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 8 Mar. 2024 New York City’s law immediately wiped out some 15,000 short-term rentals from Airbnb’s site when it was implemented in September, as the site automatically converted them to longer stays to remain compliant with the new rules. Amanda Hoover, WIRED, 5 Mar. 2024 This ensures your business remains compliant and financially stable, setting you on the path to long-term success. Bianca Barratt, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024

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Word History


comply + -ant entry 2

Note: The meaning of compliant has most likely been influenced by the etymologically unrelated word pliant.

First Known Use

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of compliant was in 1642

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“Compliant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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com·​pli·​ant kəm-ˈplī-ənt How to pronounce compliant (audio)
: ready or willing to comply : submissive
compliantly adverb

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