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[pla-stis-i-tee] /plæˈstɪs ɪ ti/
the quality or state of being plastic.
the capability of being molded, receiving shape, or being made to assume a desired form:
the plasticity of social institutions; the great plasticity of clay.
Origin of plasticity
First recorded in 1775-85; plastic + -ity
Related forms
nonplasticity, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The plasticity of the inborn organs of speech is thus in the earliest childhood very great.

  • plasticity: the capacity for being formed, moulded or developed.

  • It would thus exhibit a plasticity which might be compared to that of soft wax.

  • Sand, possessing no plasticity, cannot be shaped or made to hold together.

    The Potter's Craft Charles F. Binns
  • I do not object to hearing this variability and plasticity of instinct called the twilight of mind or rudimentary mentality.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • This amount is important because it is one of the best indications of plasticity.

    The Potter's Craft Charles F. Binns
  • The specific adaptability of an immature creature for growth constitutes his plasticity.

  • This same element of plasticity accounts for the breaking of habits.

    How to Teach George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
  • It is impossible not to be struck with the high degree of variability or plasticity of many of the bones.

  • A certain measure of plasticity has to be counted in as part of their very nature.

    Anthropology Robert Marett
British Dictionary definitions for plasticity


the quality of being plastic or able to be moulded
(in pictorial art) the quality of depicting space and form so that they appear three-dimensional
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for plasticity

1782, from plastic + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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