- easily bent; flexible; supple: pliable leather.
- easily influenced or persuaded; yielding: the pliable mind of youth.
- adjusting readily to change; adaptable.
Origin of pliable
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Examples from the Web for unpliable
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.
- easily moulded, bent, influenced, or altered
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Word Origin and History for unpliable
late 14c., from Old French ploiable "flexible, bendable," from plier "to bend" (see ply (n.)). Related: Pliably, pliability.
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