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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
Not the self, not society – but the little malleable confederation that lies between the two.
Activity in our brains is malleable, allowing higher-order circuits in the cortex to modify the more primitive fear and reward systems to produce different behavioral outcomes.
The pop landscape that has emerged may bewilder Bono, but space has opened up for male fury in more malleable forms than ever—and such fury seems to be, for better and for worse, in plentiful supply.
Of course, real estate nomenclature is as malleable as Play-Doh.
The chorus’ big, malleable sound kept its firmness and quality even at the softest dynamic levels.
The malleable borders at Chevy Breakout Stage at the Walk of Fame Park were closed, forcing access through baggage checks.
And as these playoffs demonstrated, the most malleable and effective rosters harbor a seemingly endless surplus of two-way wings.
Now the humans want to swap out their own failure-prone bodies for the malleable hardware that can grant immortality.
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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
- 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
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
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