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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ We must ensure that we are operating in full compliance with the legal requirements of our software licenses.
▪ Price Pfister has agreed to be in full compliance with Proposition 65 terms by the end of 1998, the state said.
▪ They want explanations of this poor compliance.
▪ There was also a presumption that a notice would not be issued that was wider than necessary or involved excessive compliance costs.
▪ Matters like compliance costs, assessments and appeal hearings are also dealt with here.
▪ Second, in view of the compliance costs estimated at £20,000, the notice was unreasonable.
▪ A number of state governments are introducing loan and grant programmes to help station owners meet the compliance costs.
▪ In men 50 and older, compliance rates increased from 17 percent in 1980 to 43 percent in 1987.
▪ I think the compliance rate is very good already.
▪ In a compliance system, indeed, resort to formal processes is often regarded as a sign of failure.
▪ Indices of success in compliance systems are more elusive for field staff to attain than in sanctioning systems.
▪ The enforcement agent in a compliance system has a wide variety of roles to fulfil.
▪ A standard which has not been attained in a compliance system needs remedy.
▪ Several strategies were available to states to bring stationary sources into compliance with air quality standards.
▪ Does she order across-the-board budget cuts to bring the budget into compliance with the amendment?
▪ In contrast, few criminal proceedings are brought for lack of compliance or evasion in the tax world.
▪ The exchange should have a mechanism by which to enforce its members' compliance with the rules.
▪ The organization is free to use any available social mechanisms to enforce compliance and ensure its own stability. 5.
▪ The applicant sought judicial review of the Director's decision to seek to enforce compliance with the requirements of the notice.
▪ What sanctions existed to enforce compliance with the orders of missus or count?
▪ Respondents identified a number of procedural deficiencies in the Act which was said to lack sufficient powers to enforce compliance.
▪ Where the courts will not enforce compliance, governments will.
▪ Invited all states to co-operate by political and diplomatic means to ensure compliance with sanctions.
▪ If the bond is publicly marketed, a trustee is named to monitor and ensure compliance with the terms of the indenture.
▪ The traditional budget ensures compliance with the conditions set out in the appropriations; that is, it acts as a control mechanism.
▪ They regularly review engineering and architectural drawings and specifications to monitor progress and ensure compliance with plans and specifications.
▪ Whatever, it eventually became impossible to ensure compliance.
▪ This also made it easier to note any harmful side effects of medication and ensure compliance with treatment.
▪ In spite of directives ensuring compliance and enabling the Commission to take offenders to the Court of Justice, the situation is little changed.
▪ The use of overtime and the staff involved should be monitored to ensure compliance with the policy.
▪ If the bond is publicly marketed, a trustee is named to monitor and ensure compliance with the terms of the indenture.
▪ An international agency could monitor compliance with international arms regulations, such as those banning the military use of chemicals and bacteria.
▪ They regularly review engineering and architectural drawings and specifications to monitor progress and ensure compliance with plans and specifications.
▪ None were double-blinded except for a study evaluating implanted disulfiram, and few monitored compliance with the medication.
▪ In any case, the commercial context will often require strict compliance.
▪ The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights act which requires compliance with or conformance to federal law.
▪ Order requires power to produce compliance and cooperation among the organization's members.
▪ The surveyor conducts one inspection and provides a fuller report than is required to ensure compliance with section 13.
▪ Where enforcement in a sanctioning system is occasionally dramatic, securing compliance with regulation has little potential for drama.
▪ The emphasis here is on securing the compliance of the subordinate through direction and control.
▪ The distinction between threat and imposition of economic pressure is important since the threat can sometimes be sufficient to secure compliance.
▪ Intervention arises from attempts to restore the authority of the state and secure the compliance of other agencies and interests.
▪ A committee on compliance was set up, comprising representatives of all 15 Security Council member countries.
▪ A review of compliance should be carried out in two years' time.
▪ During the discussion, it was noted that major progress had been made in compliance with human dimension commitments.
▪ Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., also argued that increased fines were needed as a way to pressure businesses into compliance.
▪ Improvisation is at odds with the legitimate caution in managerial concerns over decision making, strategy organization design, and compliance.
▪ This induces a sense of compliance. 2.
▪ Unused tablets were counted, allowing compliance with treatment to be estimated at greater than 90% in all patients.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Compliance \Com*pli"ance\, n. [See Comply.]

  1. The act of complying; a yielding; as to a desire, demand, or proposal; concession; submission.

    What compliances will remove dissension?

    Ready compliance with the wishes of his people.

  2. A disposition to yield to others; complaisance.

    A man of few words and of great compliance.

    Syn: Concession; submission; consent; obedience; performance; execution; acquiescence; assent.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1640s, from comply + -ance. Related: Compliancy.


n. 1 An act of complying. 2 (context uncountable English) The state of being compliant. 3 (context uncountable English) The tendency of conforming with or agreeing to the wishes of others. 4 A measure of the extension or displacement of a loaded structure; its flexibility 5 (context medicine English) The accuracy with which a patient follows an agreed treatment plan 6 (context uncountable business English) the department of a business that ensures all government regulations are complied with

  1. n. acting according to certain accepted standards [syn: conformity, conformation, abidance] [ant: disobedience, nonconformity]

  2. happy friendly agreement

  3. a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others [syn: complaisance, compliancy, obligingness, deference]

  4. the act of submitting; usually surrendering power to another [syn: submission]


Compliance can mean:

  • In mechanical science, the inverse of stiffness
  • In healthcare:
    • Compliance (medicine), a patient's (or doctor's) adherence to a recommended course of treatment
    • Compliance (physiology), the tendency of a hollow organ to resist recoil toward its original dimensions
    • Pulmonary compliance (or lung compliance), change in lung volume for applied or dynamic pressure
    • Compliance (psychology), responding favorably to a request offered by others
  • Regulatory compliance, adherence to standards, regulations, and other requirements
    • Environmental compliance, conforming to environmental laws, regulations, standards and other requirements
  • Compliance (film), released in 2012
  • Standards compliant, meaning compliance to web standards
Compliance (physiology)

Compliance is the ability of a hollow organ (vessel) to distend and increase volume with increasing transmural pressure or the tendency of a hollow organ to resist recoil toward its original dimensions on application of a distending or compressing force. It is the reciprocal of "elastance", hence elastance is a measure of the tendency of a hollow organ to recoil toward its original dimensions upon removal of a distending or compressing force.

Compliance (medicine)

In medicine, compliance (also adherence, capacitance) describes the degree to which a patient correctly follows medical advice. Most commonly, it refers to medication or drug compliance, but it can also apply to other situations such as medical device use, self care, self-directed exercises, or therapy sessions. Both the patient and the health-care provider affect compliance, and a positive physician-patient relationship is the most important factor in improving compliance, although the high cost of prescription medication also plays a major role.

Compliance is commonly confused with concordance, which is the process by which a patient and clinician make decisions together about treatment.

Worldwide, non-compliance is a major obstacle to the effective delivery of health care. Estimates from the World Health Organization (2003) indicate that only about 50% of patients with chronic diseases living in developed countries follow treatment recommendations. In particular, low rates of adherence to therapies for asthma, diabetes, and hypertension are thought to contribute substantially to the human and economic burden of those conditions. Compliance rates may be overestimated in the medical literature, as compliance is often high in the setting of a formal clinical trial but drops off in a "real-world" setting.

Major barriers to compliance are thought to include the complexity of modern medication regimens, poor "health literacy" and lack of comprehension of treatment benefits, the occurrence of undiscussed side effects, the cost of prescription medicine, and poor communication or lack of trust between the patient and his or her health-care provider. Efforts to improve compliance have been aimed at simplifying medication packaging, providing effective medication reminders, improving patient education, and limiting the number of medications prescribed simultaneously.

Compliance (psychology)

Compliance refers to a response—specifically, a submission—made in reaction to a request. The request may be explicit (i.e., foot-in-the-door technique) or implicit (i.e., advertising). The target may or may not recognize that he or she is being urged to act in a particular way.

Social psychology is centered on the idea of social influence. Defined as the effect that the words, actions, or mere presence of other people (real or imagined) have on our thoughts, feelings, attitudes, or behavior; social influence is the driving force behind compliance. It is important that psychologists and ordinary people alike recognize that social influence extends beyond our behavior—to our thoughts, feelings and beliefs—and that it takes on many forms. Persuasion and the gaining of compliance are particularly significant types of social influence since they utilize the respective effect's power to attain the submission of others. Studying compliance is significant because it is a type of social influence that affects our everyday behavior—especially social interactions. Compliance itself is a complicated concept that must be studied in depth so that its uses, implications and both its theoretical and experimental approaches may be better understood.

Compliance (film)

Compliance is a 2012 American thriller film written and directed by Craig Zobel, and starring Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, and Pat Healy. The plot focuses on a prank caller who, posing as a police officer, convinces the manager of a fast food restaurant to carry out intrusive and unlawful procedures on an employee. The film is based on the strip search prank call scam that took place at a Mount Washington, Kentucky McDonald's restaurant in Bullit County. Dowd's performance as Sandra, the manager, won her the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Usage examples of "compliance".

When word reached London that some states, including Massachusetts, had passed laws against compliance with the treaty, Adams was appalled.

Meanwhile, Castle launched a frontal assault on the water problem by cracking down on industrial pollution, enforcing compliance with laws already on the books to eliminate poisonous industrial discharges into rivers and streams, and successfully lobbying for laws that gave tax credits to factories that installed antipollution and water-recycling equipment.

Amir Bedawi, and he did not get compliance or accommodation from me ever!

The victim complies because of her prior agreement to abide by company policies and her assumption that the caller is merely verifying her compliance.

American co-supervisor, with the reluctant compliance of the European and Japanese members of the Cydonia science team.

Constantinople: they urged, with importunate clamors, the increase of tribute, or the restitution of captives and deserters: and the majesty of the empire was almost equally degraded by a base compliance, or by the false and fearful excuses with which they eluded such insolent demands.

Compliance requirements are not uniform and it takes a considerable effort, much paperwork and many fees to meet and keep up with these requirements.

Rimini like good friends, if you had felt any friendship for me, for, with a little kind compliance, you could have easily cured me of my passion.

For an icy moment Mr Southern wondered if she knew why, if her compliance was no more than a contrivance to get him to confess to her why he was in Guernsey, as he had got Sally Gallienne to confess her guilt.

The members of the Tribunal, the Covenanters, served as clergy, and the Invigilator enforced compliance on those the scrutators found nonconforming.

Allworthy, as well in compassion to Jones as in compliance with the eager desires of Western, was prevailed upon to promise to attend at the tea-table.

The national interests of the Government of Planet Pluto demands compliance with Plutonian laws by all persons and properties within its jurisdiction.

You allowed me to dress you as a nun, and with a compliance which proves your confidence in me you went to my casino without knowing where you were going.

In compliance with the above suggestion from the President, a Joint Resolution, in the precise words suggested, was introduced into the House, March 10, by Roscoe Conkling, and on the following day was adopted in the House by 97 yeas to 36 nays.

Valentinian and Anastasius were obviously ready and willing to enforce a strict compliance with their vow to Emperor Khusrau.