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pliable

[plahy-uh-buh l]
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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.
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Origin of pliable

1425–75; late Middle English < French, equivalent to pli(er) to ply2 + -able -able
Related formspli·a·bil·i·ty, pli·a·ble·ness, nounpli·a·bly, adverbnon·pli·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·pli·a·ble, adjectivenon·pli·a·ble·ness, nounnon·pli·a·bly, adverbun·pli·a·ble, adjectiveun·pli·a·ble·ness, nounun·pli·a·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for unpliable

Historical Examples

  • Her very lips were stiff and unpliable with the force of the blood which rushed to her head.

    Ruth

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

  • In vain, anxious to be let off, was I restrained in utterance—cold, unpliable.

    Confession

    W. Gilmore Simms

  • How grotesque her features were, so hard and unpliable seemed her flesh.

    The Land of Look Behind

    Paul Cameron Brown

  • They are clumsy to place, burdensome to carry, and stiff and unpliable to the chafing point.

    Camp and Trail

    Stewart Edward White

  • Water-glass soaps do not dissolve readily in water, they make but little suds, and render the skin hard and unpliable.


British Dictionary definitions for unpliable

pliable

adjective
  1. easily moulded, bent, influenced, or altered
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Derived Formspliability or pliableness, nounpliably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unpliable

pliable

adj.

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

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