pliable

[plahy-uh-buh l]

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. plexus thyroideus impar,
  2. pleyel,
  3. plf,
  4. plf.,
  5. pli,
  6. pliant,
  7. pliantly,
  8. plica,
  9. plicae,
  10. plicate

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

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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