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 Sateen feels softer, is more pliable and looks shinier. Marni Jameson,, "How to make a cool bed in hot weather," 7 Aug. 2020 Sateen feels softer, is more pliable, and looks shinier. Marni Jameson | Contributing Writer,, "4 ways to keep your bedding cool to sleep more comfortably on these those hot August nights," 4 Aug. 2020 But rather than a more pliable replacement, as the White House seems to have wanted, Mr Berman’s deputy is now in charge. The Economist, "Escapism in Oklahoma Donald Trump finds sanctuary in Tulsa," 21 June 2020 Strong and water-resistant yet stretchy and pliable, these nylon-lycra-silicone gloves have SPF 50 built in to protect your hands not only from scratches and stings but also from the sun’s damaging rays. Kathy Passero, al, "Gardening tools for all levels: 9 essential items for budding gardeners," 15 May 2020 Warm muscles and pliable joints reduce the risk of injury. 2. Tovin Lapan,, "Fitness: A mini master class in doing the splits," 14 May 2020 Phthalates can be found in glues, adhesives (such as those found on tape), carpet backings, vinyl shower curtains and floors, and other soft pliable plastics, said Joseph Braun, Ph.D., an epidemiologist at Brown University’s School of Public Health. New York Times, "Avoid using certain types of plastic containers.," 17 Apr. 2020 Working quickly with one rice paper wrapper at a time, submerge in warm water until pliable, about 20 sec. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Summer Rolls," 10 Apr. 2020 For a comparison to other devices, the Fold feels like a pliable resistive touchscreen, while the Z Flip feels like a glass phone with a cheap plastic screen protector on top. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Samsung Galaxy Z Flip review—I think I hate flip phones," 28 Feb. 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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The first known use of pliable was in the 14th century

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11 Aug 2020

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“Pliable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 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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