Share this entry

Share this page

compliant

Line breaks: com|pli¦ant
Pronunciation: /kəmˈplʌɪənt
 
/

Definition of compliant in English:

adjective

1Disposed to agree with others or obey rules, especially to an excessive degree; acquiescent: a compliant labour force
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
Synonyms
obedient, docile, manageable, malleable, pliable, pliant, flexible, submissive, dutiful, tame, meek, yielding, easily handled, like putty in one's hands, controllable, unresisting, unassertive, passive, governable, persuadable, manipulable
informal , dated milky
2 (often compliant with) Meeting or in accordance with rules or standards: food which is compliant with safety regulations
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • A statement released by the council yesterday explained that the water is now fully compliant with bathing water standards.
  • All public water supplies in Laois were also fully compliant with the standards for ammonium, nitrate, nitrite, odour, pH and turbidity.
3 Physics & Medicine Having the property of compliance: the conversion of the gel to a much less compliant, rigid glass
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • We found that Crs was highly correlated with birth weight and length, with larger babies having more compliant respiratory systems.
  • After single-lung transplantation for emphysema, ventilation favors the compliant, native lung.

Derivatives

compliantly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Artists and intellectuals are called upon not to offer critique or alternative visions but to sidle in compliantly amongst the lowest rungs of this same pantheon and so to boost its size and glory.
  • ‘He planted a great collection of trees,’ he says finally, as he compliantly offers his inimitable profile to the photographer.
  • I smiled unsurely back at him, and then compliantly replied to his comment about the disgustingness of our cafeteria's food, and soon enough a conversation had started.

Words that rhyme with compliant

affiant, Bryant, client, defiant, giant, pliant, reliant

Definition of compliant in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day snarf
Pronunciation: snärf
verb
eat or drink quickly or greedily