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pliable

[plahy-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. easily bent; flexible; supple: pliable leather.
  2. easily influenced or persuaded; yielding: the pliable mind of youth.
  3. adjusting readily to change; adaptable.
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Origin of pliable

1425–75; late Middle English < French, equivalent to pli(er) to ply2 + -able -able
Related formspli·a·bil·i·ty, pli·a·ble·ness, nounpli·a·bly, adverbnon·pli·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·pli·a·ble, adjectivenon·pli·a·ble·ness, nounnon·pli·a·bly, adverbun·pli·a·ble, adjectiveun·pli·a·ble·ness, nounun·pli·a·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for pliability

Historical Examples

  • The grander the nature the greater its pliability towards truth.

    The Love Affairs of an Old Maid

    Lilian Bell

  • If I fail, recollect that he is not proverbial for pliability.

    Macaria

    Augusta Jane Evans Wilson

  • When dried the leather should always be treated with dressing to restore its pliability.

  • It was not clever to rest so much on the pliability of a “society lady” with whom she was unacquainted.

    The Arena

    Various

  • Beneath her pliability she was now all firmness; the pliability had become a mockery.

    A Far Country, Complete

    Winston Churchill


British Dictionary definitions for pliability

pliable

adjective
  1. easily moulded, bent, influenced, or altered
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Derived Formspliability or pliableness, nounpliably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for pliability

pliable

adj.

late 14c., from Old French ploiable "flexible, bendable," from plier "to bend" (see ply (n.)). Related: Pliably, pliability.

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