Origin of pliant
Examples from the Web for pliant
The ad reminds readers that there is no income tax in Texas, that the state has budget surpluses and “pliant labor laws.”
Bank bosses who refused were simply replaced with pliant sycophants.
He called that pliant decision the biggest mistake of his presidency.
In other times, under other conditions, some pliant and amiable figurehead might serve them well.The Landloper|Holman Day
But she might better have sent him on ahead, instead of giving him this study of her pliant grace.A Little Girl in Old Detroit|Amanda Minnie Douglas
She made no resistance when he threw himself down beside her: she was pliant, her cheek cool, she even looked at him haughtily.Shapes that Haunt the Dusk|Various
The girl is a weaker vessel, pliant, submissive to the virago's sexual energy, selected from the class of meretricious ingnues.A Problem in Greek Ethics|John Addington Symonds
So she rambled along the creek one afternoon, armed with hook and line on a pliant willow in search of sport.North of Fifty-Three|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Word Origin for pliant
late 14c., from Old French ploiant "bending, supple; compliant, fickle," as a noun, "turncoat" (13c.), present participle of ploier "to bend" (see ply (n.)). Figurative sense of "easily influenced" is from c.1400. Related: Pliancy.