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

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Because the leather is pliable, it's easy to work with. She sometimes takes advantage of her pliable parents.
Recent Examples on the Web The wood was so pliable it could be picked apart with fingers, splinter by splinter. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Creatures in This Underwater Forest Could Save Your Life One Day," 31 Mar. 2020 Stir until pliable dough forms, adding more water if necessary. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Bake your own matzos and more: Recipes to make this Passover a little more special," 6 Apr. 2020 Perhaps even the most pliable little girls would prefer to be otherwise. Longreads, "“The Leaky Vessel”: On Lewis Carroll and the Perils of Being Female," 27 Mar. 2020 Their pliable softness is perfect — keep the focaccia squares, ciabatta cubes and brioche balls out of here. Los Angeles Times, "How to Boil Water: Smashburgers at home," 27 Mar. 2020 The device, embedded within two sheets of elastomer (a pliable plastic), uses electricity to create a change in temperature, and it's all powered by a battery and a wireless circuit board. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "This Thermal Camo Wearable Is the Predator's Worst Nightmare," 5 Mar. 2020 The result is the perfect pliable, fat-laced vessel for chef Walter Soto’s fillings. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appétit, "I Will Always Have Room for El Ruso’s Extremely Dialed-In Tacos," 27 Feb. 2020 Two consumers, according to the USDA, reported finding clear, thin pliable plastic in raw ground beef. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Nearly a ton of ground beef recalled from stores in several states including Michigan," 27 Jan. 2020 The dough is kneaded with just enough water to bring it together and keep it soft and pliable. Tejal Rao, New York Times, "Tejal Rao’s 10 Essential Indian Recipes," 9 Mar. 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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25 May 2020

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“Pliable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 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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