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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Foreign institutions have until the end of the end of this year to become fully compliant with FATCA. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "‘I’m not American’: How a complicated Trump tax law created huge bills for foreign citizens," 18 June 2019 The Whole30 creator explain that recreating or buying these types of sweets and treats – even if the ingredients are technically compliant with Whole30 – misses the point of the Whole30 approach. Molly Kimball,, "The do’s and don’ts of the nutrient-rich Whole 30 diet: Best of Molly Kimball," 18 June 2019 The center had raised $250,000, but needs $250,000 more for exhibits and to make the facility ADA compliant, Executive Director Beverly Swayman said. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Arizona Challenger Space Center to get new life in 2020. But where did the museum land?," 14 June 2019 Deputies said Goves was initially compliant with requirements from children services but then started missing court dates, home visits and doctor appointments for the child. Sarah Brookbank,, "Missing 4-month-old found dead in well, parents arrested," 13 June 2019 People who have the Maryland flag-themed licenses that have the REAL ID still may not be compliant with the REAL ID requirements, however. Brittany Brown,, "Maryland residents facing June deadline to update driver's license now have a little more time," 7 June 2019 The company’s tours were already compliant with the condition about support for the Cuban people since President Donald Trump’s 2017 changes to Cuba travel, when the administration eliminated individual people-to-people travel. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "How can you still go to Cuba despite new U.S. travel restrictions?," 5 June 2019 In February 2018, Visa wrote that only 59 percent of US storefronts were able to accept chip cards, not including ATMs and gas station pumps that have until 2020 to become EMV-compliant. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Why aren’t chip credit cards stopping “card present” fraud in the US?," 15 Nov. 2018 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

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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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