compliance

Compliance is what you do when you try to fit standards set down by someone else. A restaurant chef's compliance with a new sugar-free menu might inspire even the pastry chefs to follow the recipes.

Plywood helps illustrate the "pli" in compliance, because if you've ever stepped on a piece of plywood stretched across something, you've felt how it gives underneath your feet. It has flexibility. Compliance means being flexible or yielding and giving in to a situation or order. "Pliant" is part of the word compliance, and it means yielding. Agreeing or bending to something like a plan, rule, or direction is compliance.

DEFINITIONS OF: compliance

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n the act of submitting; usually surrendering power to another

Synonyms:
submission
Types:
obedience, obeisance
the act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behavior with respect to another person
prostration
abject submission; the emotional equivalent of prostrating your body
truckling
the act of obeying meanly (especially obeying in a humble manner or for unworthy reasons)
Type of:
group action
action taken by a group of people

n a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others

Synonyms:
complaisance, compliancy, deference, obligingness
Type of:
agreeability, agreeableness
a temperamental disposition to be agreeable

n acting according to certain accepted standards

Synonyms:
abidance, conformation, conformity
Antonyms:
disobedience, noncompliance
the failure to obey
nonconformance, nonconformity
failure to conform to accepted standards of behavior
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Types:
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formality
compliance with formal rules
line
acting in conformity
honoring, observance
conformity with law or custom or practice etc.
keeping
conformity or harmony
punctilio
strict observance of formalities
Type of:
cooperation
joint operation or action
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