pli·​an·​cy | \ ˈplī-ən(t)-sē How to pronounce pliancy (audio) \

Definition of pliancy

: the quality or state of being pliant

Examples of pliancy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In her life with Russ (who relies on her to rewrite his sermons), she is initially suffocated but soon becomes irradiated with rage, toward both him and her own pliancy in the face of his demands and extortions. Becca Rothfeld, The Atlantic, 4 Oct. 2021 Most had learned and honed that mix of pliancy and power from watching a single uber-dedicated golfer, their idol, Tiger Woods. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 25 Feb. 2021 And although the variants have opened up gaps in that chain mail, the pliancy built into our bodies can at least buy time to repair them. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 12 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of pliancy

1632, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pliancy was in 1632

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12 Oct 2021

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“Pliancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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