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.
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.
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.
- Rarely pli·a·ble·ness [plahy-uh-buhl-nis] /ˈplaɪ ə bəl nɪs/ .
- non·pli·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- non·pli·a·ble·ness, noun
- un·pli·a·ble·ness, noun
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How to use pliability in a sentence
Granted, the lenses—polarized glass from Germany—will collect scratches, but the frames themselves are pretty pliable.
For those looking to take this trend for a spin themselves, Jinich recommends “that people heat the tortilla first on both sides, just to make it more resilient and pliable” before assembling and toasting.TikTok’s tortilla trend is basically a quesadilla — with extra fun folded in | Aaron Hutcherson | January 14, 2021 | Washington Post
Sakai says to pull the hoshigaki down when they’re firm but still a little pliable and conduct a taste test.
Infrastructure must be pliable enough to extend to dispersed locations on short notice.The Self-Driving Car Is a Red Herring - Issue 92: Frontiers | Anthony Townsend | October 21, 2020 | Nautilus
She is uncompromisingly Anglo-Saxon and lacks that pliability which would endear her to the children of another race.The Onlooker, Volume 1, Part 2 | Various
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?George Eliot's Life, Vol. III (of 3) | George Eliot
His policy wanted pliability, the only virtue which was here indispensable to its success.The Revolt of The Netherlands, Complete | Friedrich Schiller
The gate proper was made of wire, webbed together with stays, admitting of a pliability which served a double purpose.Wells Brothers | Andy Adams