[ plahy-uh-bil-i-tee ]
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  1. the quality of being easily bent without breaking; flexibility: Sweet grass was favored by Native American basket makers for its sweet smell, pliability, and durability.

  2. the quality of adjusting readily to change; adaptability: Education should take advantage of the pliability of a child's mind and encourage a sense of curiosity.

  1. the quality of being easily influenced or persuaded:Recent political appointments have been based not on merit, competency, or ability, but on the candidate’s pliability, uncritical loyalty, and toadying behavior.

Origin of pliability

  • Rarely pli·a·ble·ness [plahy-uh-buhl-nis] /ˈplaɪ ə bəl nɪs/ .

Other words from pliability

  • non·pli·a·bil·i·ty, noun
  • non·pli·a·ble·ness, noun
  • un·pli·a·ble·ness, noun

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

How to use pliability in a sentence

  • Rachel looked at her father quickly, but with a pliability surprising in the male mind he managed to look unconscious.

    The Arbiter | Lady F. E. E. Bell
  • Don't you think that my artistic deference and pliability deserve that it should also be better in consequence?

  • His policy wanted pliability, the only virtue which was here indispensable to its success.

  • The gate proper was made of wire, webbed together with stays, admitting of a pliability which served a double purpose.

    Wells Brothers | Andy Adams