Is there a word that means "the state of obeying a rule".
I'm thinking since it can be said that something 'adheres' to a rule that 'adherent' would fit the bill, but somehow it doesn't sound quite right.
For example "It adheres to the rule." -> "It is adherent." or "Does it adhere to the rule." -> "Yes, it is adherent."
Is is correct or acceptable to use the word 'adherent' in such a manner?