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compliance

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of compliance

  1. 1 a readiness or willingness to yield to the wishes of others a strong-willed pop star who is not known for her compliance Synonyms of compliance acquiescence, biddability, compliancy, deference, docility, obedience, submissiveness Words Related to compliance amenability, amiability, complaisance, good-naturedness; obsequiousness, servility, slavishness, subservience, subserviency; conformity; cooperativeness, receptiveness, receptivity; humoring, indulgence; acceptance, assent, consent; capitulation, submission, surrender; affability, amicability, congeniality, cordiality, friendliness, geniality, sociability Near Antonyms of compliance animosity, antipathy, enmity, hostility, ill will Antonyms of compliance defiance, disobedience, intractability, recalcitrance

  2. 2 a bending to the authority or control of another an administrator who demands prompt and unquestioning compliance from his subordinates Synonyms of compliance obedience, conformity, submission, subordinationWords Related to compliance abidance, agreeability, amenability, teachableness, tractability, tractableness, trainability; acquiescence, capitulation, obeisance, obsequiousness, submissiveness, surrender, yielding; deference, docility, dutifulness, humility, meekness, modesty, servility, slavishness, subordinateness, subservience, subserviency; inhibition, repression, restraint, suppression; control, discipline, dutifulness, orderNear Antonyms of compliance noncooperation, recusancy; disrespect, impudence, insolence, rudeness; insurgence, insurgency, insurrection, mutiny, outbreak, revolt; hardheadedness, mulishness, mutinousness, obstinacy, obstinateness, perversity, pigheadedness, stubbornness; misbehavior, mischievousness, naughtiness; dissent, dissidenceAntonyms of compliance balkiness, contrariness, contumacy, defiance, disobedience, frowardness, insubordination, intractability, noncompliance, obstreperousness, rebelling, rebellion, rebelliousness, recalcitrance, refractoriness, self-will, unruliness, waywardness, willfulness

  3. 3 the following of a custom, rule, or law compliance with the statute was far from universal Synonyms of compliance abidance, adherence, observance, conformance, conformity, keeping, obedience, observationWords Related to compliance deference, honor, regard, respect, upholding; accession, acquiescence, submission, surrender; attendance, attention, heed, noticeNear Antonyms of compliance brush-off, disregard, ignoring; delinquency, dereliction, forgetting, neglect, overlooking; offense (or offence), sin, wrong; challenge, defiance, flouting, rebellionAntonyms of compliance breach, contravention, infraction, infringement, nonobservance, transgression, trespass, violation



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