American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Disposed or willing to comply; submissive.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Yielding; bending; pliant.
- Yielding to request or desire; ready to accommodate; consenting; obliging.
- n. A complier.
- adj. Willing to comply; yielding; bending; pliant; submissive; willing to do what someone wants.
- adj. Compatible with or following guidelines, specifications, rules, or laws.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Yielding; bending; pliant; submissive.
- adj. disposed or willing to comply
- comply + -ant. (Wiktionary)
“Pistorius told the court that the term compliant defined a person who "gave in" and should not be confused with a consenting person who "gave permission".”
“It's much more cost effective for me to hire a professional plumber to fix any issues that come up than for me to learn how to fix it and remain compliant with various codes.”
“But it would behoove us to remain compliant with the NATO protocol which requires detainees to be transferred within 96 hours of capture, and it would also behoove us to be compliant with the Geneva Conventions which are quite explicit in treatment of prisoners of war.”
“Drugging your rebellious child just to make him more compliant is repugnant, but treating his oppositional defiant disorder only responsible parenting.”
“Inconspicuously compliant is the thing: the jug and the bench, the footbridge and the plow.”
“In other words, do I teach my Foster Parents to train compliant drones, or raise rational independent thinkers?”
“What makes a computer compliant is the number of bits the computer is running at.”
“By the time 2020 rolls around, 70-80% of the U.S. economy will be metric compliant, that is, capable of operating using the metric system.”
“Earlier this month, Boathouse management sought to reach a deal with the NLRB after the labor board indicated it would move forward with a legal compliant, which is akin to an indictment.”
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