Definition of conformable in US English:



usually conformable to
  • 1(of a person) disposed or accustomed to conform to what is acceptable or expected.

    • ‘A conformable sensor makes it possible to measure pressure and touch in places not previously possible, such as on the curved surfaces of the human body.’
    • ‘A mind arising from a genetic human nature might not prove conformable.’
    • ‘Cork or other conformable coverings make the handle more comfortable and easier to grip.’
    • ‘This polyurethane backing is soft and smooth to the touch, highly elastic, and highly conformable.’
    • ‘The insert is latex-free and consists of a narrow silicone tube that is completely encapsulated by a soft, conformable, fluid-filled sleeve.’
    • ‘He was directed to allow him to remain within the limits of their grant only while he was conformable to the government.’
    • ‘I have been to you a true and humble wife, at all times to your will conformable…’
    • ‘Highly conformable to the patient's body these dressings adhere well to high-friction areas, such as the sacrum and heels.’
    • ‘Amongst the rest there was a woman in Salem, one Oliver his wife, who had suffered somewhat in England for refusing to bow at the name of Jesus, though otherwise she was conformable to all their orders.’
    • ‘Though at first he was conformable to the established church, he afterwards imbibed the principles of the puritans, and became a sufferer in the common cause.’
    willing, assenting, acquiescent, agreeable, amenable, cooperative, accommodating, obliging, biddable, compliant, pliant, deferential, docile, obedient, tractable
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    1. 1.1 Similar in form or nature; consistent.
      ‘this proposition might be conformable to the original conjecture’
      • ‘The otherness of early modern religious agents and culture is translated into (for us) more acceptable modern forms conformable to our own cultural assumptions.’
      • ‘For, granting the existence of a higher standard, the first question that we must ask about a cultural tradition is, ‘Is it conformable to our standard?’’
      • ‘I consider that, at least at this time, it would be conformable with this well-established practice of the courts to provide protection to the identity of the undercover operatives who are referred to in this Court's documentation.’
      • ‘A conformable policy measure is one that is consistent with those principles, while a non-conformable policy measure is one that clashes with them.’
      • ‘It cannot ‘be buried, because Distributism is a system conformable to the needs of man and his nature.’’
      • ‘His point can be illustrated by noting that transferable housing vouchers could be market conformable while rent control clearly would not.’
      • ‘And that if a State such as Australia, which is conformable to international law, intends to enact laws that deal with this and reverse this deep principle it will do so expressly, and it has not done so expressly in section 5.’
      • ‘Your Honours' task is to construe the statute in the light of the explanation given in the explanatory memorandum if it is conformable with the words.’
      • ‘The distinction between conformable and non-conformable measures, if treated as a constitutional requirement for economic policy, might well serve as a kind of constitutional filter.’
      • ‘The principal form that error takes, for Descartes, is in the judgment that the ideas that are in me ‘are similar or conformable to the things which are outside me’.’
      • ‘One of the criteria for the selection of undertakers and tenants was that they be conformable in religion.’
      • ‘The dogmatic tenets of Christian orthodoxy were not conformable to reason, nor was it possible to validate them through merely historical considerations that were in any case intrinsically problematic.’
    2. 1.2Geology (of strata in contact) deposited in a continuous sequence, and having the same direction of stratification.
      • ‘Seismic data used in this study indicate that the Lower Flora Sandstone is conformable with the underlying strata.’
      • ‘The upper contact with the light grey to white, thin to thick-bedded, partly cross-stratified quartz sandstone of the Mount Wilson Formation is conformable but erosional surfaces between the two formations are locally developed.’
      • ‘A Lower Pennsylvanian silicified ostracode fauna occurs just above the conformable Mississippian-Pennsylvanian boundary within the Barnett Formation in Texas.’
      • ‘Deposited sediments are conformable on top of those of the South Bashkirian Basin.’
      • ‘After this, a process of denudation forms a thick sequence of overlying conformable clastic deposits, which contain large amounts of heavy minerals in low concentrations.’


Late 15th century (in the sense ‘compliant (to) or tractable’): from medieval Latin conformabilis, from Latin conformare ‘to form, fashion’ (see conform).