[ kuh m-plahy-uh nt ]
/ kəmˈplaɪ ənt /


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 forms

Can be confused

complacent complaisant compliant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for compliantly



/ (kəmˈplaɪənt) /


complying, obliging, or yielding

Derived Forms

compliantly or compliably, adverbcompliantness or compliableness, noun
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