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pliable

[plahy-uh-buh l] /ˈplaɪ ə bəl/
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.
Origin of pliable
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < French, equivalent to pli(er) to ply2 + -able -able
Related forms
pliability, pliableness, noun
pliably, adverb
nonpliability, noun
nonpliable, adjective
nonpliableness, noun
nonpliably, adverb
unpliable, adjective
unpliableness, noun
unpliably, adverb
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Examples from the Web for pliability
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  • The grander the nature the greater its pliability towards truth.

  • 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
  • Thousands of other instances might be adduced to show the pliability of the system.

    Popery Edward Hoare
  • The man had the tenacity of a Bruce or a Columbus, with a pliability that was all his own.

    Familiar Studies of Men and Books Robert Louis Stevenson
  • But there—with that supply of a convenient fiction—his pliability stopped.

    Sophy of Kravonia Anthony Hope
  • I went, and was much impressed by the length of the flue-brush and its pliability.

    Dimbie and I--and Amelia Mabel Barnes-Grundy
  • But for once Mr. Harborough's love of sport exceeds his pliability.

    Doctor Cupid Rhoda Broughton
British Dictionary definitions for pliability

pliable

/ˈplaɪəbəl/
adjective
1.
easily moulded, bent, influenced, or altered
Derived Forms
pliability, pliableness, noun
pliably, 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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