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compliant

[kuh m-plahy-uh nt]
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adjective
  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

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Examples from the Web for uncompliant

Historical Examples

  • 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

compliant

compliable

adjective
  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 uncompliant

compliant

adj.

1640s, from comply + -ant.

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