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malleable

[ mal-ee-uh-buhl ]

adjective

  1. capable of being extended or shaped by hammering or by pressure from rollers.
  2. adaptable or tractable:

    the malleable mind of a child.

    Synonyms: moldable, pliable, flexible, impressionable

    Antonyms: intractable, refractory



malleable

/ ˈmælɪəbəl /

adjective

  1. (esp of metal) able to be worked, hammered, or shaped under pressure or blows without breaking
  2. able to be influenced; pliable or tractable


malleable

/ mălē-ə-bəl /

  1. Capable of great deformation without breaking, when subject to compressive stress . Gold is the most malleable metal.
  2. Compare ductile


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Derived Forms

  • ˌmalleaˈbility, noun
  • ˈmalleably, adverb

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Other Words From

  • malle·a·bly adverb
  • malle·a·bili·ty malle·a·ble·ness noun
  • non·malle·a·ble adjective
  • un·malle·a·ble adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of malleable1

1350–1400; Middle English malliable < Medieval Latin malleābilis, equivalent to malle ( āre ) to hammer (derivative of Latin malleus hammer) + -ābilis -able

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Word History and Origins

Origin of malleable1

C14: via Old French from Medieval Latin malleābilis, from Latin malleus hammer

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Example Sentences

Of course, as is always the case for ambitious infrastructure projects, timelines are malleable, and a lot can change over the course of a decade.

It’s also malleable — and variable, among individuals and cultures.

Their self-directed inventiveness with mud and recycled materials makes their perceptions of the future malleable.

Compared to other regions, it’s uniquely malleable, or plastic.

The idea of custom forming gel-based materials isn’t unheard of either—it’s typically used when fitting athletic mouth guards, though users typically have to boil those to make them malleable enough to shape.

Even adults like to shoehorn their bottoms into a malleable rubber swing and take a ride down memory lane.

This gig, however, has its unique set of challenges around which to be malleable.

They see gun rights as insecure, malleable, and under constant attack.

Lapid may be malleable, but Bennett was without question on the hard-right, verging on undemocratic.

So in some sense their preferences are more malleable, which enlarges the role debates can play.

The sound of the iron hammer on the malleable metal was like muffled silver, and the sparks flew out like jocund fireflies.

Its consciousness of guilt had broken down her pride, and thus had made her more malleable, more humble.

They were poor things, but they were malleable in his hands.

An alloy containing 10% of gold is softer and scarcely so malleable as the pure metal.

The definition of steel now is that it is a compound of iron which has been cast from a fluid state into a malleable mass.

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