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compliant -- as in: a compliant individual
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as in: a compliant individual Define
to obey rules or do what others want
  • When the President is popular, the legislature tends to be compliant.
  • Still, to be too compliant may arouse suspicion as well.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • They get a ready supply of compliant low-cost workers.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • ...they were more compliant than American workers, less likely to file workers’ compensation claims or to support union organizing drives.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United

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  • He realized that his mother wasn’t the compliant woman he had known before.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • Washington, with the help of a generally compliant mainstream American press, was busily denouncing Aristide, even manufacturing lies about him,
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • She had always been the docile middle child, used to following the lead. Next to an alto she sang alto, by a soprano, soprano. Miss Sonrisa, cheerful, compliant. Her life had gotten bound up with a domineering man, and so she shrank from the challenge her sisters were giving her.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Unlike her compliant older brother, Sonia, seven months old, refuses all the food.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • children compliant with the parental will
  • Compliant as she was in general, there were two instances, among others, in which her resolution to take her own way was not to be overcome.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  My Lady’s Money

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  • In penitential tenderness, he took her hand, and, to his awe and trouble, it remained in his, compliant.
    Stevenson, Robert Louis  --  Tales and Fantasies
  • With this reply, the compliant housekeeper—as amiable as ever on the surface—returned to her chair.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  I Say No
  • Tom’s always very compliant to me; I don’t think he’s so obstinate.
    Eliot, George  --  The Mill on the Floss
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as in: compliant with the law Define
conforming to rules
as in: a compliant individual Define
to obey rules or do what others want
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