pliable

[ plahy-uh-buh l ]
/ ˈplaɪ ə bəl /

adjective

easily bent; flexible; supple: pliable leather.
easily influenced or persuaded; yielding: the pliable mind of youth.
adjusting readily to change; adaptable.

Origin of pliable

1425–75; late Middle English < French, equivalent to pli(er) to ply2 + -able -able
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British Dictionary definitions for pliable

pliable

/ (ˈplaɪəbəl) /

adjective

easily moulded, bent, influenced, or altered
Derived Formspliability or pliableness, nounpliably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for pliable

pliable


adj.

late 14c., from Old French ploiable "flexible, bendable," from plier "to bend" (see ply (n.)). Related: Pliably, pliability.

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