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Definition of "compliance" []

  • The act of complying with a wish, request, or demand; acquiescence. (noun)
  • Medicine Willingness to follow a prescribed course of treatment. (noun)
  • A disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others. (noun)
  • Extension or displacement of a loaded structure per unit load. (noun)
  • Flexibility. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "compliance" in a sentence
  • "Siemens CEE compliance head Walter Soelle described how his company had to completely restructure its leadership and ­compliance systems after being fined $1. 6bn (£1. 09bn) for paying more than $1. 4bn in bribes between 2002 and 2006."
  • "Buzzword compliance is a big deal in traditional media."
  • "Foreigners are rightfully afraid of the historic global reputation of the Mexican police and Federales, as their 'compliance' is based exclusively on a justifiable concern for both property AND person."