Definition of conformity in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Compliance with standards, rules, or laws.

    ‘conformity to regulations’
    ‘the goods were in conformity with the contract’
    • ‘Treatment of the sewerage is in conformity with the regulations and standards set by the Environmental Council Zambia.’
    • ‘‘Apart from the formation of the layout, the state also wants to ensure it is done in conformity with the law and it is also hassle-free,’ he said.’
    • ‘For emergency purposes we provide sufficient safety facilities like life jackets for passengers and all are in conformity with maritime regulations.’
    • ‘The staff again urged that the dismissal action be rescinded and that any further action be in conformity with generally accepted standards for academic due process.’
    • ‘The influence of autonomous public opinion on legislation ensured that such legislation would be in conformity with reason - otherwise the rule of law would be little more than a cruel and empty phrase.’
    • ‘If, on the other hand, the families of the deceased refused to show mercy and, instead, demanded justice in the form of a life for a life, the State was obliged to enforce capital punishment in conformity with the law of equity in justice.’
    • ‘The new administrators would take their instructions from the party, would be responsible to the party, and would conduct affairs in conformity with the party's priorities and aspirations.’
    • ‘These objectives restate the Government's absolute commitment to act in conformity with international law, including the United Nations Charter and international humanitarian law.’
    • ‘We would look at it in conformity with Spanish law.’
    • ‘All surgical interventions and anesthesia were conducted in conformity with institutional guidelines.’
    • ‘Leaders must act in conformity with these accepted standards as they carry out the activities mandated by society.’
    • ‘This is generally in conformity with the court decision, save that it puts no controls on when strip searches may be done in a police station.’
    • ‘In these each aspirant's contribution was judged, in conformity with strict, somewhat pedantic rules, on his song's sacred content: its prosody, its rhyme, and its melody.’
    • ‘The State must evolve a legal framework for development of tourism in conformity with international standards, and create conditions for the promotion of cultural tourism.’
    • ‘The staff expressed the hope that the administration and governing board would act in conformity with these standards.’
    • ‘The measures taken are bound nonetheless to remain in conformity with applicable international law.’
    • ‘To what extent is this in conformity with the EU's requirements?’
    • ‘If the national measure is based merely upon the international standard, but not in conformity with it, there is no presumption in its favour, but a complaining member must make a prima facie case in favour of inconsistency.’
    • ‘In the first place. it is for the legislature to ensure that national legislation is in conformity with the rules of the Convention.’
    • ‘The new rules has been formulated in conformity with the guide lines earlier issued by the Supreme Court.’
    compliance with, adherence to, accordance with, observance of, observation of, obedience to, acquiescence in, respect for, adaptation to, adjustment to, accommodation to
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    1. 1.1Behaviour in accordance with socially accepted conventions.
      ‘a word of praise or an encouraging smile provide rewards for conformity to social norms’
      • ‘A prevailing style of dress has become known as being ‘in fashion’, but fashion has been described as a tyrannically democratic force, enforcing conformity to current social or moral conventions.’
      • ‘Strict conformity to harsh social norms was demanded of everyone, regardless of status or wealth.’
      • ‘In order to explore and expand, one must disregard convention and conformity.’
      • ‘And so we've investigating conformity, social facilitation, interpersonal distance kind of behaviours, leadership.’
      • ‘Certainly, the widespread predilection for the fancy and frivolous has its roots in decades of drab socialist conformity.’
      • ‘My impression is that she also contains elements of conformity and conventionality as well as elements of spontaneity, independence and daring.’
      • ‘Luckily for us, there are still individuals, like him, in sport as in business, who break the mould, defy convention and break through the culture of conformity to establish their own pre-eminence.’
      • ‘With regard to this last point, the focus in hospital may be on symptoms and behavioural conformity.’
      • ‘Religion supports ‘personal morality’ and willing conformity to social conventions and traditions.’
      • ‘We learn - still, now, despite the gains of feminism - not to call attention to ourselves, only to the signets of our conformity: the sexualized conventions of grooming.’
      • ‘Children receive rewards for conformity to group behaviour and they are punished for dissension.’
      • ‘The term implies that conformity to norms is natural and normal; that resistance is pathological.’
      • ‘Those who are in revolt against society are conformists; they reject one form of conformity and accept another form of conformity.’
      • ‘Freedom implies conformity to universal values also.’
      • ‘If you're socially awkward, conformity is a wonderful thing because you can feel like you belong even though you don't.’
      • ‘The moral framework implies conformity to ideals of right human conduct.’
      • ‘The mass media ‘behavior offensive’ that promoted social conformity and moral order was designed to counter pressures on American culture from within and without.’
      • ‘Conversely, the interdependent self focuses on sociocentric values such as dependence on others, duty, and conformity to social norms.’
      • ‘Light drug users also had increased scores on the Compulsive scale, which suggests increased conformity to social norms.’
      • ‘I sincerely hope that she never again has to endure the horror of entertaining the kind of deviants who value moral principle and compassion over social conformity and sensual indulgence.’
      conventionality, traditionalism, orthodoxy, fitting in, following the crowd, running with the pack, swimming with the stream
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    2. 1.2British historical Compliance with the practices of the Church of England.
      • ‘Whereas the first Lord was a Church Papist, externally compliant with the law of conformity, Sir William II was twice presented for Catholic recusancy.’
      • ‘Her legislated Church was in place to secure outward conformity, and she firmly resisted any changes which might threaten this aim.’
      • ‘Thus, political considerations generally took priority over religious conformity: Gaelic translations of the Bible and Book of Common Prayer only appeared after Elizabeth's death.’
      • ‘Despite this repression, which did bring about conversions and considerable outward conformity, many Protestants continued to practice their faith in secret.’
    3. 1.3Similarity in form or type; agreement in character.
      ‘these changes are intended to ensure conformity between all schemes’
      • ‘If such processes are in motion, they are likely already to be exerting pressure for conformity in the structures and forms adopted by major multinational companies.’
      • ‘That passage seems to me to demonstrate a conformity between the law of the Convention and the domestic law of England upon the scope of liability in third agency cases where the claim relates to serious injury or death.’
      • ‘Shower trays come in an array of dimensions from square, rectangular and quadrant for corner units with coinciding shower enclosures to ensure conformity in the bathroom.’
      • ‘The issue with contract documentation is having to deal with diverse conditions across the region making it difficult to harmonise and achieve conformity.’
      • ‘It is important to ensure conformity between the election law and any other national laws on non-discrimination or the equality of women and men.’
      • ‘The reason why we place any credit in witnesses and historians, is not derived from any connexion, which we perceive a priori, between testimony and reality, but because we are accustomed to find a conformity between them.’
      • ‘There needs to be some conformity between this legislation and what other departments are involved in.’
      • ‘The selective forces promoting such phenotypic conformity in groups should in theory make it more difficult for group members to identify other individuals.’
      • ‘This means more than behavioral conformity in the execution of a program.’
      • ‘In any case, the current study clearly suggests that identification of any forces favoring vocal conformity in parakeets should be a top priority for subsequent work.’
      • ‘The upshot of this is that they internalize responsibility for their bodies' conformity to acceptable norms of feminine beauty and behaviour.’
      • ‘There will also be conformity in the color of dealer buildings in grey and silver.’
      similarity, likeness, alikeness, resemblance, similitude
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Late Middle English: from Old French conformite or late Latin conformitas, from conformare to form, fashion (see conform).