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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
In the eyes of white conservatives, marginalized people don’t have the right to be stubborn or outspoken; our opinions must be malleable and conform to our oppressors, or we will be shunned or fired.
He was wrapped in a malleable, plastic stretcher, with a tangle of ropes laced through grommets at its edges.
Unlike other helmets that have a hard outer shell, the exterior covering of the Zero1 is soft and malleable and smooshes like the bumper of a car on impact.
Now is time to maximize a malleable receiver group.
Dogs are a malleable species and can be trained for a variety of activities from combat to being lovable pets for your granddaughter.
But as the film goes on, Lereng Wilmont sensitively dramatizes the unique pressures that come with living adjacent to a war zone, presenting the physical and psychological impacts of such an upbringing on impressionable, malleable young souls.
And in contrast, where does this line of thinking leave players like Gordon Hayward, who are not only skilled and productive but also malleable to a wide variety of roles?
Other internet companies’ stances have proved more malleable, as the industry appears to be re-evaluating its posture toward hate groups in the wake of Charlottesville.
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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.
Synonymsplastic, moldable, shapable (or shapeable), waxy
Antonymsestablished, fixed, immutable, inelastic, inflexible, invariable, nonmalleable, ramrod, set, unadaptable, unalterable, unbudgeable, unchangeable
Related Wordsadaptable; bendable, bendy [chiefly British], ductile, pliable, pliant, supple, waxen, willowy; elastic, flexible, flexile, limber, resilient, workable; bending, giving, kneadable, tractable, yielding
Near Antonymsinflexible, intractable, rigid, stiff
Synonym Discussion of malleable
- plastic materials allow the sculptor greater freedom
- pliable rubber tubing
- an athletic shoe with a pliant sole
- ductile metals such as copper
- the malleable properties of gold
- computer hardware that is adaptable
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