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pliant

[ plahy-uhnt ]
/ ˈplaɪ ənt /
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adjective

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

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English, from Old French, present participle of the verbplier ply2; see -ant

synonym study for pliant

1, 2. See flexible.

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British Dictionary definitions for pliant

pliant
/ (ˈplaɪənt) /

adjective

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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