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[kuh m-plahy-uh ns] /kəmˈplaɪ əns/
the act of conforming, acquiescing, or yielding.
a tendency to yield readily to others, especially in a weak and subservient way.
conformity; accordance:
in compliance with orders.
cooperation or obedience:
Compliance with the law is expected of all.
  1. the strain of an elastic body expressed as a function of the force producing the strain.
  2. a coefficient expressing the responsiveness of a mechanical system to a periodic force.
Origin of compliance
1635-45; comply + -ance
Related forms
overcompliance, noun
precompliance, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for compliance
  • And so a spectacle that was meant to produce compliance and terror has instead stoked fury and derision.
  • We must not now apply the flattering unction of servile compliance or blind complaisance.
  • The police do not need anymore torture compliance toys.
  • By law, vaccinations can only be administered by informed consent, yet compliance is mandatory.
  • The real valuable application they should be focusing in on is quality and compliance work.
  • Fear of the needle reduces compliance with vaccination schedules in developed countries.
  • However, doing so requires strict compliance with tedious and often expensive protocols.
  • Experts liked the optional weekly meetings, since support is crucial to compliance.
  • Once it does, it sets effective and/or compliance dates.
  • It could provide a framework for a more robust system to monitor and verify compliance with stated national goals.
British Dictionary definitions for compliance


the act of complying; acquiescence
a disposition to yield to or comply with others
a measure of the ability of a mechanical system to respond to an applied vibrating force, expressed as the reciprocal of the system's stiffness C
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Word Origin and History for compliance

1640s, from comply + -ance. Related: Compliancy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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compliance in Medicine

compliance com·pli·ance (kəm-plī'əns)

  1. A measure of the ease with which a structure or substance may be deformed, especially a measure of the ease with which a hollow organ may be distended.

  2. The degree of constancy and accuracy with which a patient follows a prescribed regimen, as distinguished from adherence or maintenance.

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