compliant, acquiescent, resigned, and their corresponding nouns compliance, acquiescence, resignation, are com-parable when used in reference to a person, a mood, or a disposition that manifests acceptance (as of another's will or of something disagreeable or hard to endure).
Compliant suggests a flexibility or lack of firmness in mood or temperament and frequently implies readiness to accept meekly and without question

educational methods that make children compliant


a naturally compliant race

Acquiescent implies acceptance without protest or rebellion; it often also connotes a temperamental lack of self-assertiveness

the cause of reform slowly went on gaining adherents—most of them ... of the acquiescent rather than the militant type— Grandgent

Resigned usually presupposes a disposition or a temperament neither compliant nor acquiescent and implies deliberate but not necessarily happy acceptance and resolute forbearance from repining

he had become resigned to her perpetual lamentation— Meredith


resignation to inevitable evils is the duty of us all— Austen

Analogous words: *obedient, amenable, tractable, docile: submissive, *tame, subdued: accommodating, conforming, adapting or adaptable (see corresponding verbs at ADAPT)
Antonyms: froward
Contrasted words: *contrary, perverse, balky, restive, wayward: refractory, recalcitrant, *unruly, ungovernable, intractable, willful, headstrong

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