AskDefine | Define compliant

Dictionary Definition

compliant adj
1 disposed or willing to comply; "children compliant with the parental will" [ant: defiant]
2 willing to carry out the orders or wishes of another without protest; "too acquiescent to challenge authority"; "a gentle and biddable soul"; "children compliant with the parental will" [syn: acquiescent, biddable]
3 easily influenced or imposed on
4 evidencing little spirit or courage; overly submissive or compliant; "compliant and anxious to suit his opinions of those of others"; "a fine fiery blast against meek conformity"- Orville Prescott; "she looked meek but had the heart of a lion"; "was submissive and subservient" [syn: meek, spiritless]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Willing to comply; yielding; bending; pliant; submissive.
    The suspect was compliant when arrested.
  2. Compatible with or following guidelines, specifications, rules, or laws.
    The browser is standards compliant.
    The workplace is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.


willing to comply
compatible with or following guidelines
  • Dutch: voldoend aan, compatibel, in overeenstemming met
  • Finnish: noudattava
  • Polish: zgodny

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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