[kuh m-plahy-uh ns]
- 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.
- the strain of an elastic body expressed as a function of the force producing the strain.
- a coefficient expressing the responsiveness of a mechanical system to a periodic force.
Origin of compliance
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Examples from the Web for compliance
Wright approved one of the wells after the operator agreed to bring it into compliance, according to the letter.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.
David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News
December 9, 2014
In compliance with the flight plan, the 777 was at 33,000 feet.MH17 Switched Places With Another Jet
September 9, 2014
To say that a consignment is “in compliance” with packing regulations is a mere fig leaf.Passenger Flights Must Stop Carrying Lithium-Ion Batteries as Cargo
May 5, 2014
However, compliance officials from the Department of Labor failed to appear.Conservative Activist James O’Keefe Claims Cuomo Is Trying to Run Him Out of NY
January 23, 2014
In 2006, a compliance officer at Mizuho Bank was arrested for selling the data of 1200 bank customers to a yakuza front company.Japan’s Mega Banks Have Mega Yakuza Trouble
Jake Adelstein, Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky
November 27, 2013
She looked with concern and anger upon me—No compliance, I find!
Her father had concluded every thing with Mr. Solmes, not doubting her compliance.
But be sure don't let him see any thing uncheerful in your compliance.
Signify to us, now, therefore, your compliance with our wishes.
Consider that my happiness, your own, and my son's, depend upon your compliance.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
- 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 stiffnessSymbol: C
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Word Origin and History for compliance
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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.
- The degree of constancy and accuracy with which a patient follows a prescribed regimen, as distinguished from adherence or maintenance.
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