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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From roll-up visors, pliable raffias and flexible straws, to floppy bucket hats, there’s a topper to squish in every suitcase and suit every price point this season. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "11 Stylish (and Packable!) Sun Hats to Wear All Summer Long," 22 May 2019 The thing is, all on its own, muscle fascia is pretty solid and not very pliable, Costa says. K. Aleisha Fetters, SELF, "Here’s What Foam Rolling Is Actually Doing When It Hurts So Good," 21 July 2018 Section off a piece of clay approximately 1/2 inch wide, and squish with your hands until pliable. Jamie Wiebe, House Beautiful, "DIY The Holidays: Glittery Braided Clay Napkin Rings," 11 Dec. 2014 Before taking a tree home, follow these tips to make sure your pick is capable of lasting weeks: Run a few branches through your hands; needles should feel pliable and not fall off. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How to Keep Your Christmas Tree Fresh Longer," 18 Dec. 2018 Continue beating, gradually adding remaining 1 3/4 cups flour, until smooth and pliable, 4 to 5 minutes. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Gingerbread Rolls," 7 Dec. 2018 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

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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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