Definition of “compliance” - English Dictionary

“compliance” in English

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compliancenoun [ U ]

us uk /kəmˈplaɪ.əns/

formal the act of obeying an order, rule, or request:

It is the job of the inspectors to enforce compliance with the regulations.
The company said that it had always acted in compliance with environmental laws.

mainly disapproving the state of being too willing to do what other people want you to do:

It's his compliance that amazes me.

(Definition of “compliance” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“compliance” in Business English

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compliancenoun [ U ]

uk /kəmˈplaɪəns/ us

LAW the fact of obeying a particular law or rule, or of acting according to an agreement:

compliance with sth He pointed to the building's lack of compliance with building standards for the disabled.
compliance costs/procedures/standards, etc. The law imposes significant compliance costs on US businesses and is a deterrent to price competition.
We've been working hard to remain in compliance with all air pollution control laws.

(Definition of “compliance” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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Speed limitation devices only make sense if they are designed to make compliance with such a serious statutory speed restriction enforceable, and this is, sadly, still not the case.
What more can be done therefore to increase compliance with international humanitarian law and thus limit the suffering of the victims?
Animals must be transported in conditions that are reasonably good; legislation should dictate standards to ensure that this is the case, and the authorities should verify compliance with these standards.
Firstly, there is compliance with speed restrictions.
I believe that we must now try, following your debates, to define the key ways, in terms of both method and means, in order to ensure compliance with this imperative.
The citizens' confidence in the audiovisual service must be won through compliance with the principles of the protection of human dignity and of minors.
We know that there are millions of applications, and that means that it is only possible to check and control applications for compliance with the rules through decentralisation.
Thus, we cannot logically adopt a proposal to impose sanctions in cases of non-compliance with this principle until a legal base has been adopted and a common methodology agreed.
We will also, though, have to look very carefully at which countries are able to guarantee judicial and administrative compliance by 2004 when accession takes place.
The sanctions for non-compliance are also critical.