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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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  • pliable thinks that there may be something in what he says, and offers to go with him.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude
  • pliable finding the road disagreeable has soon had enough of it.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude
  • Covers should first be steamed to make them soft and pliable.

  • At the time of using, first see that the brush is soft and pliable.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes
  • Linen is less elastic and pliable than cotton and bleaches and dyes readily.

    Textiles

    William H. Dooley
  • The wool was clipped from the sheep, washed, and oiled to make it smooth and pliable.

    Textiles

    William H. Dooley
British Dictionary definitions for pliable

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 pliable
adj.

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

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