For example, a person that knows a rule exists and is following that rule.

(sorry if I'm doing this wrong- first post in this StackExchange)

  • I think to be compliant you first have to be aware that there is a rule. (Compliant = inclined to agree with others or obey rules) Therefore, compliant just may be the word you're looking for. – JLG May 8 '14 at 19:17

I think that the expression to abide by the rule implies the fact that you are both aware of a rule and that you conform to it.


Here's a good example of what you're after that I found online:

"He observes the convention without which scholarship would be impossible, namely that of not imposing one's own religious beliefs on the matter to be studied".


He goes by the book or does things by the book.

go by the book: to do something exactly as the rules tell you

Alternately, consider "rule sticker" and "rule abider."

rule sticker: someone that sticks to the rules

rule abider: someone that abides by the rules


Amenable: ready or willing to answer, act, agree, or yield; open to influence, persuasion, or advice; agreeable; submissive; tractable: an amenable servant. 2. liable to be called to account; answerable; legally responsible: You are amenable for this debt. 3. capable of or agreeable to being tested, tried, analyzed, etc.



(Morigerate): Complying, obedient. a 1533 Ld. Berners Gold. Bk. M. Aurel. (1546) Z viij b, The armies..were as well disciplined and morigerate, as the schooles of the philosophies. Rolland Crt. Venus iii. 14 Baith ald and ȝoung richt weill Morigerat. J. H. Newman Lett. (1891) II. 199 They were morigerate, through the Exhortation and half the Confession, when they bolted.][2] -http://useful_english.enacademic.com/246793/morigerate


Bureaucrat emphasizes the knowing of the rule.

Automaton emphasizes following the rule.

Bureaucratomaton if you think we need more portmanteaus.

Great and timely question, the next generation will have a word for this.

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