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compliance
used in Gulliver's Travels

9 uses
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Definition
to conform to rules or the wishes of others
  • The learned among them confess the absurdity of this doctrine; but the practice still continues, in compliance to the vulgar.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (64% in)
  • However, he was at length persuaded to comply; but prevailed that the articles and conditions upon which I should be set free, and to which I must swear, should be drawn up by himself.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (40% in)
  • The father complied, and the lad took his seat again, whereupon I went to him, and kissed his hand, which my master took, and made him stroke me gently with it.
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (12% in)
  • He said, "that being then not very well with the court, and pressed by many of his friends, he complied with the proposal; and after employing a hundred men for two years, the work miscarried, the projectors went off, laying the blame entirely upon him, railing at him ever since, and putting others upon the same experiment, with equal assurance of success, as well as equal disappointment."
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (39% in)
  • He received my proposition with more compliance than is usual among writers, especially those of the projecting species, professing "he would be glad to receive further information."
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (58% in)
  • However, for the reasons I had offered, but chiefly to gratify the king of Luggnagg by an uncommon mark of his favour, he would comply with the singularity of my humour; but the affair must be managed with dexterity, and his officers should be commanded to let me pass, as it were by forgetfulness.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (98% in)
  • After some further discourse, which I then conjectured might relate to me, the two friends took their leaves, with the same compliment of striking each other's hoof; and the gray made me signs that I should walk before him; wherein I thought it prudent to comply, till I could find a better director.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (9% in)
  • I thought it best to comply with their proposal.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (86% in)
  • I complied at last, finding I could not do better.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (90% in)

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