A word that can describe doing something without objecting.

Shouldn't connote being unhappy with the task you have been asked to carry out, either completely neutral sentiment or slightly positive.

His ______ compliance with her strict instructions

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    – TsSkTo
    Feb 20 '17 at 1:31
  • His complacent compliance. Feb 20 '17 at 5:34

Complying without objecting would be described by acquiescence (passive acceptance):

His acquiescence to her strict instructions

Although technically, that would mean agreeing to them, not necessarily complying with them.


  • I've used acquiescence already in the passage I'm writing, is there a "synonym" of acquiescence comprised of two words where the first would fit the situation described above? Feb 19 '17 at 22:19
  • +1 though, this is a good answer and exactly what I have in mind Feb 19 '17 at 22:20
  • If you already used acquiesce and are further describing such action, just using compliance is probably fine.
    – jacksmith
    Feb 21 '17 at 17:44

Willing - Having a ready will; disposed to consent or comply; ready to do (what is specified or implied) without reluctance, having no objection, ‘not disposed to refuse’ (Johnson); spec. disposed to do what is required, ready to be of use or service.(OED)

His willing compliance with her strict instructions.

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    I was just going to suggest "consensual", but willing is better.
    – fixer1234
    Feb 19 '17 at 22:30

I think that you are looking for unquestioning.

His unquestioning compliance with her strict instructions


Definition of unquestioning

not questioning : not expressing or marked by doubt or hesitation

unquestioning obedience; unquestioning loyalty


You might also consider tacit, defined by Merriam Webster as:

: implied or indicated (as by an act or by silence) but not actually expressed <tacit consent> <tacit admission of guilt>


The word ready, in the sense of readily or willingly given, seems to fit:

"His ready compliance with her strict instructions."

3: displayed readily and spontaneously

Readily has this definition:

a : without hesitating : willingly "readily accepted advice"


Perhaps quiet would suffice:

His quiet compliance with her strict instructions

1.1 (of a place, period of time, or situation) without much activity, disturbance, or excitement.


It doesn't necessarily connote unhappiness, merely an acceptance and lack of any comment at all, whether in dissent or approbation.

It is quite likely, however, that the word compliance is indicative of duress, and consequently any adjective would be construed in that light.


"peaceful" comes to mind.

"His peaceful compliance with her strict instructions" sounds completely neutral or slightly positive depending on context.

  • peaceful - untroubled by conflict, agitation, or commotion : quiet, tranquil.

The feeling … that we as neighbors could settle any disputes in peaceful fashion — F. D. Roosevelt


try the word "unresisting":

Not making resistance; not opposing; submissive; humble.


You should consider nonchalant.

His nonchalant compliance with her strict instructions...


nonchalant ADJECTIVE

(of a person or manner) feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety, interest, or enthusiasm.

‘The men swore again, wondering how Tori could be so nonchalant when so many things were going wrong.’

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