pli·​able | \ ˈplī-ə-bəl How to pronounce pliable (audio) \

Definition of pliable

1a : supple enough to bend freely or repeatedly without breaking
b : yielding readily to others : complaisant
2 : adjustable to varying conditions

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Other Words from pliable

pliability \ ˌplī-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce pliability (audio) \ noun
pliableness \ ˈplī-​ə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce pliableness (audio) \ noun
pliably \ ˈplī-​ə-​blē How to pronounce pliably (audio) \ adverb

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plastic, pliable, pliant, ductile, malleable, adaptable mean susceptible of being modified in form or nature. plastic applies to substances soft enough to be molded yet capable of hardening into the desired fixed form. plastic materials allow the sculptor greater freedom pliable suggests something easily bent, folded, twisted, or manipulated. pliable rubber tubing pliant may stress flexibility and sometimes connote springiness. an athletic shoe with a pliant sole ductile applies to what can be drawn out or extended with ease. ductile metals such as copper malleable applies to what may be pressed or beaten into shape. the malleable properties of gold adaptable implies the capability of being easily modified to suit other conditions, needs, or uses. computer hardware that is adaptable

Examples of pliable in a Sentence

Because the leather is pliable, it's easy to work with. She sometimes takes advantage of her pliable parents.
Recent Examples on the Web Without an open flame, heat a griddle or cast-iron skillet and toast the tortilla on a dry hot surface until pliable and warmed through, about 20 seconds per side. Washington Post, "How to make light, chewy, flavor-packed flour tortillas at home," 15 Oct. 2020 To assemble the pies, thaw puff pastry at room temperature until pliable but still cold, approximately 15-30 minutes. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Bourbon Pecan Hand Pies," 14 Oct. 2020 Another soft, pliable silicone option, this mask bracket makes breathing easier, helps to reduce fogging (a plus for eyeglass wearers!), and sits comfortably against your face and the bridge of your nose without too much pressure. Susan Brickell,, "These Face Brackets for Masks Will Make Breathing So Much Easier," 8 Oct. 2020 Seck herself is part of the Wolof tribe, whose expertise is basketweaving with pliable sweetgrass. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Company Makes "Happy Baskets" Inspired by Traditional African Techniques," 6 Oct. 2020 Sea turtle eggs are the size of ping pong balls, but unlike brittle chicken eggs, their shell is leathery and pliable. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, "3-D Printed Sea Turtle Eggs Reveal Poaching Routes," 6 Oct. 2020 To build them, Williams-Guillén found a pliable plastic material called Ninjaflex that mimics the squishy exterior of real eggs. Lucy Hicks, Science | AAAS, "Endangered baby sea turtles may have a new savior: GPS eggs," 5 Oct. 2020 My favorite is Dave’s Killer Bread, Good Seed ($5, AmazonFresh)—full of seedy, grainy goodness, but still pliable. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "This Crustless Sandwich Maker Is the Best $13 I’ve Spent in 2020," 16 Sep. 2020 My favorite thing about reviewing Quest 1 was how easily its firm-yet-pliable headstrap fit into any bag or case. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Review: We do not recommend the $299 Oculus Quest 2 as your next VR system," 16 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of pliable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for pliable

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from plier to bend, fold — more at ply

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The first known use of pliable was in the 14th century

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22 Oct 2020

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“Pliable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pliable

: able to bend, fold, or twist easily
: too easily influenced or controlled by other people


pli·​able | \ ˈplī-ə-bəl How to pronounce pliable (audio) \

Kids Definition of pliable

1 : possible to bend without breaking
2 : easily influenced a pliable teenager

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