[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

Examples from the Web for uncompliant

Historical Examples of uncompliant

  • Mrs. Fuller was as gentle and unobtrusive as her stalwart husband was forceful and uncompliant.

    Daughters of the Puritans

    Seth Curtis Beach

British Dictionary definitions for uncompliant




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



1640s, from comply + -ant.

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