Talk:complicit

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compliant[edit]

What is the difference between compicit and compliant?

"compliance" refers to the state of complying with laws, rules, norms, expectations, demands, or requests. There is less implication that one is responsible for the action and its direct results, still less for indirect results. "I complied when the police officer directed me to go around the obstruction by driving the wrong way on a one-way street."
"Complicity" implies that one has significant, though not necessarily principal, responsibility. As the def. says, complicity usually has the implication that the activity is bad. Compliance does not. "When I had a collision, the police lieutenant was complicit in the negligence by the officer because he knew that the officer had been drinking before being called to duty." DCDuring TALK 17:43, 10 August 2009 (UTC)