- easily bent; flexible; supple: pliable leather.
- easily influenced or persuaded; yielding: the pliable mind of youth.
- adjusting readily to change; adaptable.
Origin of pliable
Examples from the Web for pliable
Another notable region is nicknamed “Pigeon Valley” for the thousands of bird nesting holes dug into the pliable rock.The Secret Life of Cappadocia: Underground in the Turkish Rock Formations
August 22, 2013
Could the West rely on the more or less faceless Libyan opposition, a rabble in arms, to be so pliable?Obama's Mistake in Libya
March 8, 2011
The rope tier takes pleasure in using the human body and the rope to create an erotic, pliable work of art.Eight Strange Sex Fetishes
December 16, 2010
To keep himself loose and pliable and imbued with the mischievousness that nourished him, Paul often resorted to practical jokes.My Pal Paul Newman
A. E. Hotchner
March 19, 2010
Pliable thinks that there may be something in what he says, and offers to go with him.
Pliable finding the road disagreeable has soon had enough of it.
Covers should first be steamed to make them soft and pliable.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
At the time of using, first see that the brush is soft and pliable.Handwork in Wood</p>
Linen is less elastic and pliable than cotton and bleaches and dyes readily.Textiles</p>
William H. Dooley
- easily moulded, bent, influenced, or altered
Word Origin and History for pliable
late 14c., from Old French ploiable "flexible, bendable," from plier "to bend" (see ply (n.)). Related: Pliably, pliability.