Synonym Comparison: Compliant, pliant, and pliable can be used interchangeably in this sense. Compliant would be the best choice to indicate one who obeys authority. Pliable is the best choice for one who is easily influenced.
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
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.