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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Firms could expect to spend up to 20 hours per contract and invest hundreds of thousands of U.S. dollars to remain GDPR-compliant—an effort that might be in vain should the U.K. not opt for a no-deal Brexit, Mr. Parker said. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Companies Weigh Data-Privacy Risks Ahead of Brexit," 12 Mar. 2019 Executive Director Ashley Berg said 97 percent of the schools the ACLU claimed were not in compliance have been deemed compliant by the board. Craig Harris, azcentral, "The charter-vs.-district school funding debate: Who gets more money?," 12 July 2018 The government has limited family-style detention space compliant with standards under Flores. New York Times, "Judge Rejects Long Detentions of Migrant Families, Dealing Trump Another Setback," 9 July 2018 Dispensary inventories might be low in the coming weeks as newly compliant products make their way onto shelves, but the market will even out as the industry adjusts to change. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Why (and How) California Is Destroying Mountains of Weed," 2 July 2018 Russia’s compliant parliament may pass legislation approving the change by mid-July. Evgenia Pismennaya,, "Putin's Ratings Hit Four-Year Lows on Plan to Raise Pension Age," 25 June 2018 Non-compliant plans actually improve their benefits because their customers will be receiving assistance from the government, allowing them to afford a better product. Dylan Scott, Vox, "We have a new worst-case scenario for Obamacare," 3 Dec. 2018 European car makers cut prices through the summer to unload old models that weren’t compliant with the new emissions rules, prompting some consumers to bring forward purchases, thus cutting into September demand. Nathan Allen, WSJ, "Sales Down 18% at VW, Latest Auto Maker Dented by Emissions Rules," 9 Oct. 2018 For Villarreal, the difference between ADA compliant and inclusive design was stark. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Why cities need accessible playgrounds," 20 July 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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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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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