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[plahy-uh-buh l]
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  1. easily bent; flexible; supple: pliable leather.
  2. easily influenced or persuaded; yielding: the pliable mind of youth.
  3. adjusting readily to change; adaptable.
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Origin of pliable

1425–75; late Middle English < French, equivalent to pli(er) to ply2 + -able -able
Related formspli·a·bil·i·ty, pli·a·ble·ness, nounpli·a·bly, adverbnon·pli·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·pli·a·ble, adjectivenon·pli·a·ble·ness, nounnon·pli·a·bly, adverbun·pli·a·ble, adjectiveun·pli·a·ble·ness, nounun·pli·a·bly, adverb
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  • Pliable thinks that there may be something in what he says, and offers to go with him.


    James Anthony Froude

  • Pliable finding the road disagreeable has soon had enough of it.


    James Anthony Froude

  • Covers should first be steamed to make them soft and pliable.

  • At the time of using, first see that the brush is soft and pliable.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes

  • Linen is less elastic and pliable than cotton and bleaches and dyes readily.


    William H. Dooley

British Dictionary definitions for pliable


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


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

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