- 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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- easily moulded, bent, influenced, or altered
Word Origin and History for non-pliable
late 14c., from Old French ploiable "flexible, bendable," from plier "to bend" (see ply (n.)). Related: Pliably, pliability.
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