pliable

adjective
pli·​able | \ ˈplī-ə-bəl \

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 \ noun
pliableness \ ˈplī-​ə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
pliably \ ˈplī-​ə-​blē \ 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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Wrap 2 Rice Krispies Treats in damp paper towels; microwave until soft and pliable, 20 to 30 seconds. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Puffed Rice Hay Bales," 19 Nov. 2018 As glass is not pliable, Samsung has had to develop new materials to protect its new display. Tom Warren, The Verge, "The foldable phones are coming," 8 Nov. 2018 Add greens and blanch until thick parts of stems are tender and pliable, 1-2 minutes. Georgia Freedman, WSJ, "This Ingredient Makes Everything Better," 20 Sep. 2018 But Alaska in late fall is bitterly cold, and frozen asphalt can take a week or longer to melt into a sticky, pliable material. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "How Alaska fixed its earthquake-shattered roads in just days," 8 Dec. 2018 Simply pull the pliable candle until 3 inches appear above the clip. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Candle By The Hour's Coil Candles Extinguish Themselves," 6 Nov. 2018 The shapes and contours of our characters were now deeply carved, and were no longer pliable. Anne Slowey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Fear and Self-Loathing in the American Southwest," 25 July 2018 Healthy fascia is pliable, but with age, injury, or lifestyle choices (from wearing high heels to doing high-impact exercise), the tissue can get stiff and form adhesions that doctors have long suspected can contribute to muscle pain. Emily Listfield, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New Body Sculptors," 1 June 2017 Let the butter cubes become pliable but not too soft, then add them to the flour mixture and toss to coat. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Be Ambitious This Thanksgiving: 3 Bold Recipes From One of L.A.’s Most Talked About Restaurants," 2 Nov. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of pliable

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

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