[ kuh m-plahy-uh ns ]
/ kəmˈplaɪ əns /


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.
  1. the strain of an elastic body expressed as a function of the force producing the strain.
  2. a coefficient expressing the responsiveness of a mechanical system to a periodic force.

Origin of compliance

First recorded in 1635–45; comply + -ance


o·ver·com·pli·ance, nounpre·com·pli·ance, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for compliance



/ (kəmˈplaɪəns) /


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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Medical definitions for compliance

[ kəm-plīəns ]


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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