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Examples of malleable in a Sentence
The brothers Warner presented a flexible, malleable world that defied Newton, a world of such plasticity that anything imaginable was possible. —Billy Collins, Wall Street Journal, 28–29 June 2008
At each landing the villagers had carved the wonderfully malleable silt into staircases, terraces, crenellations, and ziggurats. —Kenneth Brower, National Geographic Traveler, March 2000
The boy seemed to me possessed by a blind, invalid arrogance, and every human being, as his eye flicked over or flinched against them, became, immediately, as malleable as his mother and his father. —James Baldwin, The Evidence of Things Not Seen, 1985
the cult leader took advantage of the malleable, compliant personalities of his followers
Recent Examples of malleable from the Web
The optimal slime is not too wet, not too sticky, stretchy and malleable.
Flexibility isn't simply a matter of malleable hours or the ability to work remotely.
Workplace culture is more malleable at smaller start-ups which can have an easier time becoming more inclusive than the likes of Google and Facebook which already have large, sprawling workforces.
At the time of birth, a baby's skull is soft and malleable, with gaps in between the plates of the bone (this is why babies have a soft spot at the top of their head!).
Drummer Jack DeJohnette and keyboardist John Medeski have careers threaded with wide-open musical strategies in which structure ranges from malleable to spontaneously evolving.
So far, of all the people who have entered the administration hoping to manipulate the president, the only ones who have proved to be malleable are the would-be manipulators themselves.
Following Comey’s ouster, fears grew that Trump would tap a malleable ally who might politicize the agency.
The result is a model of coral calcification that starts with a malleable form of calcium carbonate, called amorphous calcium carbonate.
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Did You Know?
There is a hint about the origins of "malleable" in its first definition. The earliest uses of the word, which first appeared in English in the 14th century, referred primarily to metals that could be reshaped by beating with a hammer. The Middle English word malliable comes to us from Medieval Latin malleabilis, which in turn derives from the Latin verb malleare, meaning "to hammer." "Malleare" itself was created from the Latin word for "hammer": "malleus." If you have guessed that "maul" and "mallet," other English words for specific types of hammers, can also be traced back to "malleus," you have hit the nail on the head.
Synonym Discussion of malleable
MALLEABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of malleable for English Language Learners
: capable of being stretched or bent into different shapes
: capable of being easily changed or influenced
MALLEABLE Defined for Kids
Definition of malleable for Students
: capable of being extended or shaped with blows from a hammer
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