pliant

adjective
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

Examples of pliant in a Sentence

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 Does the panel have the power and the steel to do so quickly, to prevent Trump running out the clock for what could be a pliant GOP Congress after next fall's midterm elections? Stephen Collinson, CNN, 8 Oct. 2021 The ex-President, for instance, initiated a vast disinformation campaign that has convinced millions of voters the election was stolen, helped by a pliant conservative media pushing his lies. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 22 Sep. 2021 Her fat Fanta Man, with his wide mouth, snaky, wandering tongue, empty eye sockets, lewdly pliant fingers, and birthday party crown cap, is a kind of underground lord of the revels. Sanford Schwartz, The New York Review of Books, 22 July 2021 One, a huge controversy that has normally pliant journalists treating Apple with rare skepticism. Andy Meek, BGR, 26 Aug. 2021 The books and media accounts are sketching the kind of historical record that Trump's pliant Republican allies on Capitol Hill sought to prevent by killing off a bipartisan plan for an independent commission into the January 6 insurrection. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 15 July 2021 Her fat Fanta Man, with his wide mouth, snaky, wandering tongue, empty eye sockets, lewdly pliant fingers, and birthday party crown cap, is a kind of underground lord of the revels. Sanford Schwartz, The New York Review of Books, 6 July 2021 The ride is pliant and composed, too, with the demonstrator using adaptive dampers from aftermarket supplier Tractive. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 18 June 2021 Aston Martins have become more pliant and comfortable. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 5 May 2021

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First Known Use of pliant

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pliant was in the 14th century

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13 Oct 2021

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“Pliant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pliant. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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pliant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of pliant

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

pliant

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

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