[kuh m-plahy-uh nt]


complying; obeying, obliging, or yielding, especially in a submissive way: a man with a compliant nature.
manufactured or produced in accordance with a specified body of rules (usually used in combination): Energy Star-compliant computers.

Origin of compliant

First recorded in 1635–45; comply + -ant
Related formscom·pli·ant·ly, adverbo·ver·com·pli·ant, adjectivepre·com·pli·ant, adjectivequa·si-com·pli·ant, adjectivequa·si-com·pli·ant·ly, adverbun·com·pli·ant, adjectiveun·com·pli·ant·ly, adverb
Can be confusedcomplacent complaisant compliant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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complying, obliging, or yielding
Derived Formscompliantly or compliably, adverbcompliantness or compliableness, noun
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Word Origin and History for compliant

1640s, from comply + -ant.

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