- bending readily without breaking or becoming deformed; pliant; flexible: a supple bough.
- characterized by ease in bending; limber; lithe: supple movements.
- characterized by ease, responsiveness, and adaptability in mental action.
- compliant or yielding.
- obsequious; servile.
- to make or become supple.
Origin of supple
Examples from the Web for suppleness
I do not have the suppleness of 20 but I have something much more important… And you see that when you see the show.Philippe Petit’s Moment of Concern Walking the WTC Tightrope
August 8, 2014
According to Clark, the “hypertrophic forms of masculinity” then prevalent favored “unyielding forcefulness” over “suppleness.”The Utterly Pointless First World War
Michael F. Bishop
May 22, 2013
The suppleness of the Angora's tail is also a mark of fine breeding.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
He ran off as if his limbs had regained their youthful strength and suppleness.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
He lacked alike the sagacity, the foresight, and the suppleness of Leopold.William Pitt and the Great War
John Holland Rose
During this operation the skin had dried, and consequently lost its suppleness.Practical Taxidermy
She had caught a glimpse of Wilfrid's suppleness and selfishness.Sandra Belloni, Complete
- bending easily without damage
- capable of or showing easy or graceful movement; lithe
- mentally flexible; responding readily
- disposed to agree, sometimes to the point of servility
- rare to make or become supple
Word Origin and History for suppleness
c.1300, from Old French souple "pliant, flexible," from Gallo-Romance *supples, from Latin supplex (genitive supplicis) "submissive, humbly begging," literally "bending, kneeling down," thought to be an altered form of *supplacos "humbly pleading, appeasing," from sub "under" + placare "appease" (see placate).