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[kuh m-plahy-uh nt]
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  1. complying; obeying, obliging, or yielding, especially in a submissive way: a man with a compliant nature.
  2. manufactured or produced in accordance with a specified body of rules (usually used in combination): Energy Star-compliant computers.
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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
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Related Words for compliantly

faithfully, loyally, willingly, compliantly, devotedly, submissively

Examples from the Web for compliantly

Historical Examples of compliantly

  • Yes, I must let myself be compliantly swept further up town.

    The Adventures of a Widow

    Edgar Fawcett

British Dictionary definitions for compliantly



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



1640s, from comply + -ant.

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