adjective pli·able \ˈplī-ə-bəl\

: able to bend, fold, or twist easily

: too easily influenced or controlled by other people

Full Definition of PLIABLE

a :  supple enough to bend freely or repeatedly without breaking
b :  yielding readily to others :  complaisant
:  adjustable to varying conditions
pli·abil·i·ty \ˌplī-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
pli·able·ness \ˈplī-ə-bəl-nəs\ noun
pli·ably \-blē\ adverb

Examples of PLIABLE

  1. Because the leather is pliable, it's easy to work with.
  2. She sometimes takes advantage of her pliable parents.

Origin of PLIABLE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from plier to bend, fold — more at ply
First Known Use: 14th century


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