Definition of compliant in US English:



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

    ‘a compliant labor force’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At issue are those 15 days and whether the media was too compliant and trusting in generally agreeing to government blackout requests.’
    • ‘The group is also concerned that excessive medication may be used to to make residents more compliant.’
    • ‘Lucia observed that he was compliant to the point of being a pushover.’
    • ‘I was compliant to a point in my physical training.’
    • ‘I did not form the view that he was excessively compliant.’
    • ‘You are logical and compliant but only to a degree.’
    • ‘Has your student gone from predictably polite and compliant to moody and disagreeable?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once that was done, they were supposed to revert to docile, compliant citizens, content to cooperate with allies no longer supportive of their aspirations.’
    • ‘Perhaps he had expected to find her still a compliant little girl, but he seemed visibly taken aback by her anger.’
    • ‘Instead of saying this, however, I nodded like the compliant little girl he wanted me to be.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Children are amazingly docile and compliant, obediently following the instructions of their elders as if they know no other way.’
    • ‘If humans were generally always compliant to authority then ‘minimise hierarchy’ would present no problem.’
    • ‘This is not a complaint about the dancers: they were talented, compliant to the choreography, energetic and committed.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    acquiescent, amenable, biddable, tractable, complaisant, accommodating, cooperative, adaptable
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    1. 1.1often compliant with Meeting or in accordance with rules or standards.
      ‘policies compliant with federal legislation and regulations’
      ‘the systems are Y2K compliant’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The fuel is kept in specially designed containers compliant with international standards.’
      • ‘The cars, of course, had been fitted with new exhaust systems, to make them compliant with anti-pollution regulations.’
      • ‘All products resulting from this agreement will be compliant with ANSI T11 standards.’
      • ‘He said 75 disabled bays in the city are now compliant with the technical rules.’
      • ‘The Food Safety Authority of Ireland is urging food businesses to be 100 per cent compliant with food safety legislation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For their part, consumers were to be informed, respectful, and compliant with the rules governing the purchase of goods in state and cooperative stores.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All public water supplies in Laois were also fully compliant with the standards for ammonium, nitrate, nitrite, odour, pH and turbidity.’
      • ‘Producers are generally familiar with them and are compliant with the standards set in implementing them in Ireland.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Building software compliant with public standards will enable connectivity and interoperability even of diverse systems.’
      • ‘In addition, be aware that products compliant to the same standard may vary dramatically in performance.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2Physics Medicine
    Having the property of compliance.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The urinary bladder is an intra-abdominal structure with a compliant wall.’
    • ‘After single-lung transplantation for emphysema, ventilation favors the compliant, native lung.’
    • ‘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.’