Definition of compliance in English:


(also compliancy)


  • 1The action or fact of complying with a wish or command.

    ‘they must secure each other's cooperation or compliance’
    • ‘The authority is meant to be out there ensuring compliance, but in fact it has not been doing that.’
    • ‘They could buy into stories, think there's cooperation and compliance and then it turns out there isn't.’
    • ‘By maintaining tight compliance of production quotas, the organisation has managed to control world prices pretty well.’
    • ‘Deadlines for achieving regulatory compliance are fast approaching and many are already here.’
    • ‘They maintained an atmosphere of co-operation and compliance, without compromising the security of the protocol.’
    • ‘The empire must now be made to work through the capacity of a sovereign British authority to command compliance rather than again risking the uncertainties of voluntary co-operation.’
    • ‘Poor patient compliance was reported in studies not showing positive results.’
    • ‘To add to this we have the simple fact that regulation and compliance in the US are starting to demand that companies keep audit trails of changes to data (or at least important data).’
    • ‘In order to ensure compliance, we need also to develop our means of action.’
    • ‘After the intervention, parents were giving their children far more praise to encourage desirable behaviour and more effective commands to obtain compliance.’
    • ‘Now, sometimes one gets that even with regulatory legislation where one wishes to encourage compliance.’
    • ‘Studies indicate that many physicians demonstrate poor compliance with recommended tuberculosis treatment guidelines.’
    • ‘He was in a unique position, commanding the machinery of party and state by both claiming personal allegiance and espousing hierarchy as the source of order and compliance.’
    • ‘In this context, the attitude engendered by a contractual mentality is one of minimal compliance rather than maximal cooperation.’
    • ‘This is particularly important in light of the fact that compliance is fast becoming a key data classification driver.’
    • ‘All farms registered under the scheme must reach and maintain a level of compliance which far exceeds the legal requirements.’
    • ‘There must be a single body entrusted to implement a comprehensive anti-terror policy with the power to order implementation and compliance across all relevant government agencies.’
    • ‘Ever since, senior unionists have sought to find ways of evading their responsibilities under the agreement while maintaining the pretence of compliance.’
    • ‘Patient compliance is improved because ambulation is permitted.’
    • ‘If made within a reasonable space of time after the original publication of findings, such requests are normally complied with promptly and compliance is in fact normally seen as ethically required.’
    yielding, capitulation, agreement, acceptance, consent, accession
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    1. 1.1The state or fact of according with or meeting rules or standards.
      ‘all imports of timber are in compliance with regulations’
      [as modifier] ‘this paper estimates the compliance costs of such a policy change’
      • ‘They also discussed opportunities for the modernisation of the Bulgarian military industrial complex in compliance with NATO standards.’
      • ‘In the event of litigation, work papers provide evidence that services were in compliance with professional standards.’
      • ‘Regular audits are conducted after awarding a certificate to make sure that the firm is in compliance with the standards.’
      • ‘Owners, architects, and contractors should specify and install products in compliance with this standard or risk claims of defective specifications of products.’
      • ‘The government is ready to launch an MBA program by 2002, Vassilev said, pointing out the need for such education in compliance with international standards.’
      • ‘The final stage of the program will be a formal evaluation of the plan on a yearly basis to ensure that the workplace is in compliance with OSHA's standard.’
      • ‘And obviously, we'll do whatever is required by the Office of Government Ethics to make sure we're in compliance with those standards.’
      • ‘Responding to an issue raised by the opposition, Milanov said that the problem with noise pollution in the area had been resolved in compliance with stricter EU standards.’
      • ‘Both dogs had current vaccinations and met the medical standards in compliance with the animal requirements of the state of Illinois.’
      • ‘According to Ramos, the university had not been in compliance with the security rules the state sets out for research access to sensitive data.’
      • ‘The producer joins the organization, studies the standards and develops an appropriate farm plan, in compliance with organization standards.’
      • ‘The translation was carried out in compliance with the rules laid down by King James.’
      • ‘Even as vehicle tariffs fall in compliance with WTO rules, fuel economy standards will restrict imports of classic American light truck and luxury cars.’
      • ‘The application for registration has been drawn in compliance with European standards.’
      • ‘One of the samples taken was not in compliance with the standards, he said.’
      • ‘Records should be developed and maintained according to AATB recommendations that are in compliance with FDA rules.’
      • ‘The EU is funding a project to build an intelligent agent that executes actions in compliance with European standard privacy legislation.’
      • ‘The moral of the story is to declare areas as accurately as possible and in compliance with the rules.’
      • ‘That is, the customer was in compliance with all requisite rules.’
      • ‘A huge percentage of these schemes were found to be in compliance with water standard regulations.’
      obedience to, accordance with, observance of, observation of, adherence to, conformity to, respect for
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    2. 1.2Unworthy or excessive acquiescence.
      ‘the appalling compliance with government views shown by the commission’
      acquiescence, agreement, assent, consent, concession, concurrence, acceptance
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  • 2Physics
    The property of a material of undergoing elastic deformation or (of a gas) change in volume when subjected to an applied force. It is equal to the reciprocal of stiffness.

    • ‘It looks awesome and has good balance of stiffness to compliance, but the round drops feel uncomfortable compared to modern shapes’
    • ‘Major improvements of the wrinkling substrates method include the tuning of the elastic compliance.’
    • ‘Mechanical compression is inconvenient, uncomfortable, and subject to poor compliance.’
    1. 2.1Medicine The ability of an organ to distend in response to applied pressure.
      • ‘The authors conclude that the presence of pathogens in the lower airways was associated with the level of inflammation, respiratory compliance, and gas trapping.’
      • ‘This supplement has been shown to improve systemic arterial compliance and elasticity, an indicator of cardiovascular risk that decreases after menopause.’
      • ‘PP is the difference between systolic and diastolic blood pressure and reflects stroke volume and arterial compliance.’
      • ‘Stage I is characterized by reduced left ventricular filling in early diastole with normal left ventricular and left atrial pressures and normal compliance.’
      • ‘These additional factors may include worsening levels of inflammation hyperresponsiveness, lung compliance, or even levels of symptoms.’