pliable

adjective
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for pliable

Synonyms

bendy [chiefly British], flexible, limber, lissome (also lissom), lithe, lithesome, pliant, supple, willowy

Antonyms

inflexible, rigid, stiff, stiffened

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Choose the Right Synonym for pliable

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.

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During a recent tour of the Hudson Valley nursery, the feeding areas and the slaughterhouse for foie gras ducks, short feeding tubes made of pliable plastic were used. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, "Can New York City Live Without Foie Gras? We May Soon Find Out," 22 Aug. 2019 But all these men saw was a woman: in other words, a pliable artist who would work for them. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "This (Wo)Man’s Work," 19 July 2019 Everything is pliable, porous, and Porter’s typographical treats—alongside his turns with sound, repetition, and rhythm—exhibit his irrepressible sense of play. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "“Lanny” Is a Dark, Wonderfully Tactile Reimagining of the Folktale," 18 July 2019 Problem spots include facilities that have limited dishwashing capabilities and places like prisons where more pliable, less dangerous, options are necessary. Hannah Whitaker, National Geographic, "Why carrying your own fork and spoon helps solve the plastic crisis," 28 June 2019 Flour tortillas are more pliable, not to mention larger. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "How to make better, more flavorful burritos at home," 12 June 2019 If using fresh leaves that are dry, soak in water until pliable and drain before using. Sunset Magazine, "This Open-Fire Filipino Feast Is Ideal for a Backyard BBQ or Campfire Gathering," 22 Jan. 2018 Brief exposure to warm water makes sheets pliable and ready to roll. Eric Velasco, al.com, "How to make two no-cook, Asian-inspired summer meals," 23 July 2019 The management team then uses technology to digitally resurrect Ashley in a more pliable form. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Black Mirror’s Miley Cyrus Episode Isn’t That Far-Fetched," 6 June 2019

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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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pliable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of pliable

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

pliable

adjective
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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