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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False positives can have costly consequences for users if an app fails to properly de-identify data or is not compliant with federal health-data protection standards, says Dr. Haim. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "Can Typos Give Insight Into Your Mental Health?," 11 Oct. 2018 Unverified and unaffirmed answers are not compliant and perpetuate delay. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Governor’s office is “stonewalling” lawsuit over Confide use, lawyer tells judge," 6 June 2018 Dylan Scott/Vox Jonathan Resnick, 57, buys Obamacare-compliant coverage off the marketplace. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Single-payer’s big test: can Medicare-for-all win in competitive House districts?," 1 June 2018 The companies encrypt audio on the device, and in between transit to HIPAA-compliant clouds where their algorithms run. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Does Your Doctor Need a Voice Assistant?," 1 May 2018 The new rules mandate that compliant playgrounds need to be accessible via ramps and barrier-free travel routes, include a range of accessible play options, and provide an appropriate surface beneath all accessible equipment. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Why cities need accessible playgrounds," 20 July 2018 Companies were given two years to become compliant before the new regulation took effect. Alyssa Newcomb /, NBC News, "Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times block European users due to GDPR," 25 May 2018 At some point, multiple police cars rolled up on the scene, and a compliant Brown was attacked, wrestled to the ground and tased. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "The Sterling Brown Video Has Been Released, and I Have a Few Questions for the Milwaukee Police," 24 May 2018 The new high-security licenses (called compliant DL-ID) will have a little less information printed on them. Teresa Dixon Murray,, "Giant Eagle's new policy requires swiping drivers licenses for some shoppers: Money Matters," 13 May 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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