- bending readily; flexible; supple; adaptable: She manipulated the pliant clay.
- easily influenced; yielding to others; compliant: He has a pliant nature.
Origin of pliant
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Examples from the Web for pliancy
Not a trace was left of her former manner; all was ease, pliancy, and elegance.The Daltons, Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
The difficulty was, then, to give to old wood the pliancy of young.The Writings of Thomas Jefferson
It is exactly this pliancy, so foreign to your character and habits, which makes me tremble.The Bee Hunters
Mrs. Mortimer put her motherly arms about the girl, but she found no pliancy.The Carpet from Bagdad</p>
Immersion in hot water, however, restores its softness and pliancy.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
- easily bent; supplea pliant young tree
- easily modified; adaptable; flexiblea pliant system
- yielding readily to influence; compliant
Word Origin and History for pliancy
late 14c., from Old French ploiant "bending, supple; compliant, fickle," as a noun, "turncoat" (13c.), present participle of ploier "to bend" (see ply (n.)). Figurative sense of "easily influenced" is from c.1400. Related: Pliancy.