Definition of compliant in English:



  • 1Disposed to agree with others or obey rules, especially to an excessive degree; acquiescent.

    ‘a compliant labour force’
    • ‘At issue are those 15 days and whether the media was too compliant and trusting in generally agreeing to government blackout requests.’
    • ‘Instead of saying this, however, I nodded like the compliant little girl he wanted me to be.’
    • ‘Has your student gone from predictably polite and compliant to moody and disagreeable?’
    • ‘Perhaps he had expected to find her still a compliant little girl, but he seemed visibly taken aback by her anger.’
    • ‘If humans were generally always compliant to authority then ‘minimise hierarchy’ would present no problem.’
    • ‘Were they too docile and too compliant, and did they fail to ask the skeptical questions and raise the objections they should have in the run-up to war?’
    • ‘Lucia observed that he was compliant to the point of being a pushover.’
    • ‘The group is also concerned that excessive medication may be used to to make residents more compliant.’
    • ‘Government employment figures, compliant journalists and even the public might start to believe that the vast profits made by the company are being used for ‘investing in people’.’
    • ‘Structured finance is extraordinarily flexible and, by its very nature, compliant to the wants and needs of the marketplace.’
    • ‘As a bonus, the ingrained discipline and level of fitness of a dancer makes them generally compliant to hold poses for longer periods than the average client or model, without discomfort or complaint.’
    • ‘Children are amazingly docile and compliant, obediently following the instructions of their elders as if they know no other way.’
    • ‘Once that was done, they were supposed to revert to docile, compliant citizens, content to cooperate with allies no longer supportive of their aspirations.’
    • ‘This is not a complaint about the dancers: they were talented, compliant to the choreography, energetic and committed.’
    • ‘As soon as the band stops being compliant to what the record label needs them to churn out or start to under-perform they are sacked.’
    • ‘Ryan quickly learned the rules: stay silent, be compliant, don't look up, don't look out the window, don't speak unless spoken to.’
    • ‘I was compliant to a point in my physical training.’
    • ‘His anxiety proneness seems less pronounced now than it was in 1985, but in spite of this he proved to be abnormally suggestible, compliant and acquiescent.’
    • ‘You are logical and compliant but only to a degree.’
    • ‘I did not form the view that he was excessively compliant.’
    acquiescent, amenable, biddable, tractable, complaisant, accommodating, cooperative, adaptable
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  • 2often compliant withMeeting or in accordance with rules or standards.

    ‘food that is compliant with safety regulations’
    • ‘The cars, of course, had been fitted with new exhaust systems, to make them compliant with anti-pollution regulations.’
    • ‘The Food Safety Authority of Ireland is urging food businesses to be 100 per cent compliant with food safety legislation.’
    • ‘Building software compliant with public standards will enable connectivity and interoperability even of diverse systems.’
    • ‘As Opera is compliant with current web-design standards, there's no problem with it being able to display the vast majority of pages.’
    • ‘Tests for dissolved oxygen were carried out at each freshwater site and all nine were compliant with the national standard set for this parameter.’
    • ‘He said 75 disabled bays in the city are now compliant with the technical rules.’
    • ‘For their part, consumers were to be informed, respectful, and compliant with the rules governing the purchase of goods in state and cooperative stores.’
    • ‘The fuel is kept in specially designed containers compliant with international standards.’
    • ‘The source said the initiative would not suggest any changes to the measures used to assess whether national budgets were compliant with the rules of the stability pact.’
    • ‘These new devices are fully compliant with previous official standards, so you can integrate them into your 802. 11g or b network without any problems.’
    • ‘Nations fully compliant with the minimum standards in combating trafficking are graded tier one, while those unwilling and unable to counter the problem are graded tier three.’
    • ‘In addition, be aware that products compliant to the same standard may vary dramatically in performance.’
    • ‘All products resulting from this agreement will be compliant with ANSI T11 standards.’
    • ‘We accept that the consequence of becoming compliant with this standard is that more time must be spent on the way in which we record the outcome of our dealing with the public.’
    • ‘All public water supplies in Laois were also fully compliant with the standards for ammonium, nitrate, nitrite, odour, pH and turbidity.’
    • ‘The FSAI has now stated that this business is fully compliant with all regulations and there was no threat to public health at any time.’
    • ‘But a survey of chief executives last month found that one in six said their trusts would not be compliant with the new rules by the time they came into effect.’
    • ‘Producers are generally familiar with them and are compliant with the standards set in implementing them in Ireland.’
    • ‘Another challenge is keeping track of materials used in all components all the way through the supply chain so that a company can prove the product is compliant to the regulations.’
    • ‘A statement released by the council yesterday explained that the water is now fully compliant with bathing water standards.’
  • 3Physics Medicine
    Having the property of compliance.

    ‘the conversion of the gel to a much less compliant, rigid glass’
    • ‘We found that Crs was highly correlated with birth weight and length, with larger babies having more compliant respiratory systems.’
    • ‘It is possible that a more compliant airway is involved in this effect, but this is impossible to determine without having measured airway pressures.’
    • ‘After single-lung transplantation for emphysema, ventilation favors the compliant, native lung.’
    • ‘The urinary bladder is an intra-abdominal structure with a compliant wall.’
    • ‘Tumors are more rigid than normal tissues, and palpation of compliant tissues to look for a rigid tissue mass has been used as a method of cancer detection for some time.’