V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. the act of obedience to order or law; 2. the act of surrendering power to another

Synonyms: deference, acquiescence, conformity, yielding, adherence

Antonyms: noncompliance, disobedience, nonconformity

Tips: Compliance is an act of obedience, whereas the similar word complaisance is an inherent response and yielding to the will of other people. For example "I will comply with your request and be compliant to the company's regulations." The verb comply means "to adhere to" or "conform."

Usage Examples:

The released offender's compliance with her parole officer was to her benefit. (conformity, deference)

The rebellious new driver felt that compliance with traffic laws was optional, until he started getting traffic tickets. (acquiescence, assent)

If you don't comply with the rules of the house, you'll be punished. (adhere to, conform) verb

Your compliance with these rules will be appreciated, as the rules will benefit everyone in the long run. (adherence, deference)

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