compliant


compliant
compliant, acquiescent, resigned, and their corresponding nouns compliance, acquiescence, resignation, are com-parable when used in reference to a person, a mood, or a disposition that manifests acceptance (as of another's will or of something disagreeable or hard to endure).
Compliant suggests a flexibility or lack of firmness in mood or temperament and frequently implies readiness to accept meekly and without question
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educational methods that make children compliant

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a naturally compliant race

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Acquiescent implies acceptance without protest or rebellion; it often also connotes a temperamental lack of self-assertiveness
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the cause of reform slowly went on gaining adherents—most of them ... of the acquiescent rather than the militant type— Grandgent

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Resigned usually presupposes a disposition or a temperament neither compliant nor acquiescent and implies deliberate but not necessarily happy acceptance and resolute forbearance from repining
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he had become resigned to her perpetual lamentation— Meredith

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resignation to inevitable evils is the duty of us all— Austen

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Analogous words: *obedient, amenable, tractable, docile: submissive, *tame, subdued: accommodating, conforming, adapting or adaptable (see corresponding verbs at ADAPT)
Antonyms: froward
Contrasted words: *contrary, perverse, balky, restive, wayward: refractory, recalcitrant, *unruly, ungovernable, intractable, willful, headstrong

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  • Compliant — Com*pli ant, a. Yielding; bending; pliant; submissive. The compliant boughs. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compliant — COMPLIÁNT, Ă adj. maleabil ascultător, supus. (< engl. compliant) Trimis de raduborza, 15.09.2007. Sursa: MDN …   Dicționar Român

  • compliant — I adjective accepting, accommodating, acquiescent, agreeable, amenable, assenting, charitable, collaborative, concordant, concurring, conformable, conforming, consensual, consenting, docile, facile, favorable, indulgent, loyal, malleable,… …   Law dictionary

  • compliant — ► ADJECTIVE 1) tending to be excessively obedient or acquiescent. 2) complying with rules or standards. DERIVATIVES compliantly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • compliant — [kəm plīənt] adj. complying or tending to comply; yielding; submissive SYN. OBEDIENT compliantly adv …   English World dictionary

  • compliant — com|pli|ant [kəmˈplaıənt] adj [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: comply] 1.) willing to obey or to agree to other people s wishes and demands →↑comply ▪ For years I had tried to be a compliant and dutiful wife. 2.) made or done according to particular… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • compliant — [[t]kəmpla͟ɪ͟ənt[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you say that someone is compliant, you mean they willingly do what they are asked to do. [FORMAL] She was much naughtier than her compliant brother. ...a docile and compliant workforce. Syn: pliant, pliable …   English dictionary

  • compliant — adjective Date: 1642 1. ready or disposed to comply ; submissive < a corrupt regime aided by a compliant press > 2. conforming to requirements < compliant software > • compliantly adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • compliant — compliantly, adv. /keuhm pluy euhnt/, adj. 1. complying; obeying, obliging, or yielding, esp. in a submissive way: a man with a compliant nature. 2. manufactured or produced in accordance with a specified body of rules (usu. used in combination) …   Universalium


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