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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web It’s in an organization’s best interest for HR and compliance to team together, as both are essential to ensuring a compliant, safe and inclusive workplace. Sean Thompson, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Ingram, who authorities described as compliant and in handcuffs during the assault, died en route, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which investigated the incident. NBC News, 30 Apr. 2022 The majority declined to make a definitive ruling about Johnson and McDonald’s map but praised it as possibly constitutionally compliant. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 14 Apr. 2022 But even at 50 PSI, the Hummer was smooth and compliant. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 12 Apr. 2022 Additionally, the chassis felt taut but compliant over bumps, and the steering has a decent amount of weighting. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 12 Apr. 2022 Lying still with his hands handcuffed behind his back, Escalante appeared compliant. Alene Tchekmedyianstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2022 The studio system, with its compliant LAPD and apologists in Washington, was up and running less than a decade later. Nat Segnit, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Mar. 2022 They were already approved and certified as compliant by the demographer. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Compliant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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