- to act or be in accordance with wishes, requests, demands, requirements, conditions, etc.; agree (sometimes followed by with): They asked him to leave and he complied. She has complied with the requirements.
- Obsolete. to be courteous or conciliatory.
Origin of comply
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Examples from the Web for uncomplying
Age and wealth are uncomplying task-masters—habit and power endure restraint with an ill grace.The O'Donoghue
Charles James Lever
Not only was the uncomplying Avaugour recalled, but the bishop himself was requested to nominate a successor.Count Frontenac
William Dawson LeSueur
In this they were deceived; and his firmness and uncomplying integrity is supposed to have accelerated his fall.
Others of the company, as Vane and Adams, incurred the Protector's displeasure by too uncomplying principles.
- (usually foll by with) to act in accordance with rules, wishes, etc; be obedient (to)
- obsolete to be obedient or complaisant
Word Origin and History for uncomplying
early 14c., "to fulfill, carry out," from Old French compli, past participle of complir "to accomplish, fulfill, carry out," from Vulgar Latin *complire, from Latin complere "to fill up" (see complete (adj.)). Meaning influenced by ply (v.2). Sense of "to consent" began c.1600 and might have been a reintroduction from Italian, where complire had come to mean "satisfy by 'filling up' the forms of courtesy."