pliable

adjective pli·able \ ˈplī-ə-bəl \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of pliable

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

pliability

play \ˌplī-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

pliableness

play \ˈplī-ə-bəl-nəs\ noun

pliably

play \ˈplī-ə-blē\ adverb

Examples of pliable in a Sentence

  1. Because the leather is pliable, it's easy to work with.

  2. She sometimes takes advantage of her pliable parents.

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Origin and Etymology of pliable

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

PLIABLE Defined for English Language Learners

pliable

adjective

Definition of pliable for English Language Learners

  • : able to bend, fold, or twist easily

  • : too easily influenced or controlled by other people


PLIABLE Defined for Kids

pliable

adjective pli·able \ ˈplī-ə-bəl \

Definition of pliable for Students

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


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