compliance

[kuhm-plahy-uhns]
noun
1.
the act of conforming, acquiescing, or yielding.
2.
a tendency to yield readily to others, especially in a weak and subservient way.
3.
conformity; accordance: in compliance with orders.
4.
cooperation or obedience: Compliance with the law is expected of all.
5.
Physics.
a.
the strain of an elastic body expressed as a function of the force producing the strain.
b.
a coefficient expressing the responsiveness of a mechanical system to a periodic force.

Origin:
1635–45; comply + -ance

overcompliance, noun
precompliance, noun
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compliance or compliancy (kəmˈplaɪəns)
 
n
1.  the act of complying; acquiescence
2.  a disposition to yield to or comply with others
3.  C 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
 
compliancy or compliancy
 
n

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compliance
1640s, from comply.
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compliance com·pli·ance (kəm-plī'əns)
n.

  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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Example sentences
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.
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