pli·​ant | \ ˈplī-ənt How to pronounce pliant (audio) \

Definition of pliant

2 : easily influenced : yielding
3 : suitable for varied uses

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Other Words from pliant

pliantly adverb
pliantness noun

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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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a pliant Congress that will do whatever the President wants a pliant branch bent low with the weight of ripe fruit
Recent Examples on the Web The confusion may help Mr Jeyenbekov hang on, though his hopes of securing a pliant parliament in his remaining three years in office have clearly been scotched. The Economist, "Angry Kyrgyz rebel against a tainted election—for the third time," 7 Oct. 2020 What is curious is that, while the Planar system magically quells bump-steering and negates body roll across the front axle, the chassis tuning is surprisingly pliant in the north/south direction. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Rolls-Royce’s $400,000 Attempt at a Low-Key, ‘Minimalist’ Sedan," 30 Sep. 2020 The crust is crisp but still pliant; foldable, but not floppy. Ian Mcnulty,, "Pizza, often the answer to life's problems, proves a lifeline for one Mid-City bakery," 30 Sep. 2020 Then she was assigned to cover the newborn Bei Bei, documenting his development over a year from a pliant cub to a curious, energetic youth. National Geographic, "How do dogs understand us?," 13 Aug. 2020 To conservatives, who are the ones pushing the narrative right now, Kagan is a silent strategic genius, tempting and manipulating pliant conservatives like Roberts and now Gorsuch to betray their Federalist Society origins. Noah Feldman Bloomberg Opinion (tns), Star Tribune, "So it's Elena Kagan's court now?," 28 Aug. 2020 While economists worry about jobless millions, factory bosses struggle to find pliant labour. The Economist, "Production lions How manufacturing might take off in Africa," 13 June 2020 In 2018, an even more pliant body, the supreme electoral court, ratified the verdict. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "The Fall of Evo Morales," 16 Mar. 2020 Jane Seymour, his third wife, as pliant as Anne Boleyn was petulant, at last produces the male heir that Anne, and Katherine of Aragon before her, did not. Thomas Mallon, New York Times, "Crashing Henry VIII’s Court One Last Time With Hilary Mantel," 25 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of pliant

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pliant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pliant

: able to bend without breaking
: able to move freely
: too easily influenced or controlled by other people


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