mal·​lea·​bil·​i·​ty ˌma-lē-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce malleability (audio)
: the quality or state of being malleable: such as
: capability of being shaped or extended by hammering, forging, etc.
the malleability of tin
: capability of being influenced or altered by external forces
The malleability of memory … is the first reason why autobiographies should be taken with a grain of salt.Judith Rich Harris

Examples of malleability in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Second, the malleability of Putin’s ideology helps the regime accommodate change, smooth over discrepancies, and appeal to different constituencies without undermining its core message. Maria Snegovaya, Foreign Affairs, 16 Nov. 2023 This intrinsic malleability and openness to evolution is what makes platforms so hard to observe directly. Leo Kim, WIRED, 5 Sep. 2023 Grammy voters can make up for this oversight with a Best Rap Album nomination for Heroes and Villains, which displays the malleability of trap. Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 7 Nov. 2023 The Clippers, who value him for the same reasons as the rest of the league — his malleability, durability, reliability and suitability alongside a range of teammates — do not. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2023 But of all the many contributions Rostam made to the album, the singer says that his greatest skill came was his malleability. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 15 Sep. 2023 Either way, those structures bookmark the narrative, which creates a lot of malleability for the questions asked in between. Willing Davidson, The New Yorker, 29 Aug. 2023 His versatility and explosiveness should help the SMU offense’s malleability. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, 7 Aug. 2023 Indeed, the mifepristone litigation alone has illustrated the malleability of the standing doctrine. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1644, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of malleability was in 1644

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Cite this Entry

“Malleability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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