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compliant

[kuh m-plahy-uh nt] /kəmˈplaɪ ənt/
adjective
1.
complying; obeying, obliging, or yielding, especially in a submissive way:
a man with a compliant nature.
2.
manufactured or produced in accordance with a specified body of rules (usually used in combination):
Energy Star-compliant computers.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; comply + -ant
Related forms
compliantly, adverb
overcompliant, adjective
precompliant, adjective
quasi-compliant, adjective
quasi-compliantly, adverb
uncompliant, adjective
uncompliantly, adverb
Can be confused
complacent, complaisant, compliant.
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  • He had spent the better part of his eight-year regime as president, military chief and overseer of a compliant parliament.
  • It has been reported plenty of times that over eight students wrote detailed letters of compliant that were ignored.
  • It is obviously from physical phenomenon compliant with the physical laws of reality.
  • Pepper spray could actually have made this safer by somewhat incapacitating the protesters and making them more compliant.
  • All these publications belong into new physics, which is dual to the existing one and compliant with dense aether theory.
  • Most of the teachers felt that their work was to ensure that kids were quiet and compliant and contained.
  • Measures will also be introduced to stop non-compliant businesses from selling their produce.
  • It was to break him, make him compliant, say what they wanted.
British Dictionary definitions for compliant

compliant

/kəmˈplaɪənt/
adjective
1.
complying, obliging, or yielding
Derived Forms
compliantly, compliably, adverb
compliantness, compliableness, noun
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Word Origin and History for compliant
adj.

1640s, from comply + -ant.

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