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compliance

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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 acquiescence, biddability, compliancy, deference, docility, obedience, submissiveness Related Words 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 animosity, antipathy, enmity, hostility, ill will Antonyms 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 obedience, conformity, submission, subordinationRelated Words 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 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 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 abidance, adherence, observance, conformance, conformity, keeping, obedience, observationRelated Words deference, honor, regard, respect, upholding; accession, acquiescence, submission, surrender; attendance, attention, heed, noticeNear Antonyms brush-off, disregard, ignoring; delinquency, dereliction, forgetting, neglect, overlooking; offense (or offence), sin, wrong; challenge, defiance, flouting, rebellionAntonyms breach, contravention, infraction, infringement, nonobservance, transgression, trespass, violation


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