[ pla-stis-i-tee ]
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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.

Origin of plasticity

First recorded in 1725–35; plastic + -ity

Other words from plasticity

  • non·plas·tic·i·ty, noun

Words Nearby plasticity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use plasticity in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for plasticity


/ (plæˈstɪsɪtɪ) /

  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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