1. the act of conforming, acquiescing, or yielding.
  2. a tendency to yield readily to others, especially in a weak and subservient way.
  3. conformity; accordance: in compliance with orders.
  4. cooperation or obedience: Compliance with the law is expected of all.
  5. Physics.
    1. the strain of an elastic body expressed as a function of the force producing the strain.
    2. a coefficient expressing the responsiveness of a mechanical system to a periodic force.


  1. the act of complying; acquiescence
  2. a disposition to yield to or comply with others
  3. a measure of the ability of a mechanical system to respond to an applied vibrating force, expressed as the reciprocal of the system’s stiffnessSymbol: C

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


  1. A measure of the ease with which a structure or substance may be deformed, especially a measure of the ease with which a hollow organ may be distended.
  2. The degree of constancy and accuracy with which a patient follows a prescribed regimen, as distinguished from adherence or maintenance.

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