Origin of pliable
Examples from the Web for pliability
Then, too, his massive intellect made him wanting in pliability.The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I.|Sir Leslie Stephen
The object of fat liquoring is to give softness, pliability, or waterproofness, and to feed the "empty" chrome tannage.Animal Proteins|Hugh Garner Bennett
It was not clever to rest so much on the pliability of a “society lady” with whom she was unacquainted.The Arena|Various
In time they would learn that if thoroughly dried it can he soaked to pliability again and cooked to a reasonable palatability.Nightmare Planet|Murray Leinster
It is desirable that the pliability and ductility be preserved at as low a temperature as possible.
late 14c., from Old French ploiable "flexible, bendable," from plier "to bend" (see ply (n.)). Related: Pliably, pliability.