- 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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Examples from the Web for pliability
The grander the nature the greater its pliability towards truth.The Love Affairs of an Old Maid
If I fail, recollect that he is not proverbial for pliability.Macaria
Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
When dried the leather should always be treated with dressing to restore its pliability.Manual of Military Training
James A. Moss
It was not clever to rest so much on the pliability of a “society lady” with whom she was unacquainted.The Arena
Beneath her pliability she was now all firmness; the pliability had become a mockery.A Far Country, Complete
- easily moulded, bent, influenced, or altered
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Word Origin and History for pliability
late 14c., from Old French ploiable "flexible, bendable," from plier "to bend" (see ply (n.)). Related: Pliably, pliability.
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