Comply vs Conformity - What's the difference?

comply | conformity |

As a verb comply

is to yield assent; to accord; agree, or acquiesce; to adapt one's self; to consent or conform.

As a noun conformity is

state of things being similar or identical.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • To yield assent; to accord; agree, or acquiesce; to adapt one's self; to consent or conform.
  • * (John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • Yet this be sure, in nothing to comply , / Scandalous or forbidden in our law.
  • * (John Tillotson) (1630-1694)
  • They did servilely comply with the people in worshiping God by sensible images.
  • * 1664? , , (Hudibras)
  • He that complies against his will / Is of his own opinion still.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers)
  • , chapter=6, title= A Cuckoo in the Nest , passage=But Sophia's mother was not the woman to brook defiance. After a few moments' vain remonstrance her husband complied .}}
  • *
  • (label) To be ceremoniously courteous; to make one's compliments.
  • * 1599 , , II. ii. 371:
  • Let me comply with you in this / garb, lest my extent to the players, which I tell you must / show fairly outwards, should more appear like entertainment / than yours.
  • (label) To fulfill; to accomplish.
  • (Chapman)
  • (label) To enfold; to embrace.
  • * (1591-1674)
  • Seemed to comply , / Cloudlike, the daintie deitie.

    Usage notes

    * Usually followed by "with".


    * violate






  • State of things being similar or identical.
  • A point of resemblance; a similarity.
  • State of being conforming, of complying with a set of rules, with a norm or standard.
  • The ideology of adhering to one standard or social uniformity.
  • How far should one accept the rules of the society in which one lives? To put it another way: at what point does conformity become corruption? Only by answering such questions does the conscience truly define itself. -

    Usage notes

    * Sometimes used interchangeably with conformation.




    * conformance


    * nonconformity