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  1. the quality or state of being plastic.
  2. the capability of being molded, receiving shape, or being made to assume a desired form: the plasticity of social institutions; the great plasticity of clay.
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Origin of plasticity

First recorded in 1775–85; plastic + -ity
Related formsnon·plas·tic·i·ty, noun
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Related Words for plasticity

flexibility, mobility, resilience, elasticity, malleability

Examples from the Web for plasticity

Historical Examples of plasticity

  • Plasticity: the capacity for being formed, moulded or developed.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • Every nerve centre must be prepared to express any adumbration of plasticity.

    The Merry-Go-Round

    Carl Van Vechten

  • The other quality we are to look for in the soul is mouldableness, plasticity.

  • They are two in number, the capacity for life and plasticity.

  • Have you the ideals of youth, the plasticity, the hopes, the illusions?

    Black Oxen

    Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton

British Dictionary definitions for plasticity


  1. the quality of being plastic or able to be moulded
  2. (in pictorial art) the quality of depicting space and form so that they appear three-dimensional
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Word Origin and History for plasticity

1782, from plastic + -ity.

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