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 pliable (audio) \ noun
pliableness \ ˈplī-​ə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce pliable (audio) \ noun
pliably \ ˈplī-​ə-​blē How to pronounce pliable (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 Funded by a consortium of top private and strategic investors (including Warner Bros., Scholastic and Bron), former Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-president Feig’s vision was to serve distinct voices with a uniquely pliable infrastructure. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 7 Oct. 2021 On paper, this album is a chronicle of falling in love and navigating a first pregnancy, but in practice, the writing is pliable and relatable. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 28 Aug. 2021 Remove top crust from fridge and let sit until just pliable enough to shape without cracking, about 5 minutes. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, 19 July 2021 Walrath said one of her favorite bins is the GEO bin, which is made of a pliable plastic and is inexpensive. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 July 2021 To make caning pliable and easier to work with, soak in warm water for one to two hours. Natalie Dayton, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Aug. 2021 The night man was pliable, as Miami Joe had promised. Colson Whitehead, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 Ash trees supply a softer and more pliable base, perfect for the in-and-out technique of weaving. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 15 July 2021 Remove from heat, add noodles and let sit, stirring occasionally, until soft and pliable but not fully tender. Star Tribune, 28 May 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pliable

: able to bend, fold, or twist easily : flexible
: 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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