[ plahy-uhnt ]
/ ˈplaɪ ənt /


bending readily; flexible; supple; adaptable: She manipulated the pliant clay.
easily influenced; yielding to others; compliant: He has a pliant nature.

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Origin of pliant

1300–50; Middle English < Old French, present participle of plier to ply2; see -ant


1, 2 pliable, flexile. See flexible.
2 manageable, tractable, docile.

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British Dictionary definitions for pliant

/ (ˈplaɪənt) /


easily bent; supplea pliant young tree
easily modified; adaptable; flexiblea pliant system
yielding readily to influence; compliant

Derived forms of pliant

pliancy or pliantness, nounpliantly, adverb

Word Origin for pliant

C14: from Old French, from plier to fold, bend; see ply ²
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