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
It was the same now, only instead of seeing with his eyes, he was feeling with his hands. The clay felt good—fine, pliant, smooth—but not ready yet. —“Chapter 7” P. 75, A SINGLE SHARD, Linda Sue Park, A Dell Yearling Book, Random House, Inc., New York, (2001) 2003
Safran Foer, despite his youth (he was born in 1977), is as skilled in the management of pathos as he is in the more pliant art of ventriloquism. That said, his mastery of voice and technique owes much to an almost rapacious synthesis of the best examples. Isaac Babel, Salman Rushdie and Franz Kafka are among the names that come to mind as one passage of bravura writing follows another. —“Elliptical Idiolects” P. 21, Henry Hitchings, THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, June 14, 2002
Then, without warning, he starts in on the chorus of Eres Mia (You Are Mine), a song that he says reminds him of his wife. His pliant and melodious voice rises and falls, conveying a sense of yearning. He sustains a note in space. Though only 5 ft. 7 in. tall and thin as a reed, he carries the voice of a giant. —“Best of Both Worlds” P. 11, Carole Buia, TIME Vol. 158 No. 14, Fall 2001
And, as if the current legal system weren’t helpful enough to Putin, a think tank he formed last December is now developing proposals to make it still more pliant. According to a newly released plan, the constitutional court and the superior arbitrage court would be abolished, their functions handed to the Supreme Court—which is to say, back to the old Soviet-style system. —“Beat the Press” P. 18, Masha Gessen, THE NEW REPUBLIC Vol. 222 No. 23, June 5, 2000
Recent Examples of pliant from the Web
All the tough pieces of the leaves of kale are cut away, with the pliant parts then chiffonaded into a fluffy mountain.
Successive U.S. presidents have hoped that stronger economic pressure would make Pyongyang more pliant, but its economic lifeline comes via China, which prioritizes North Korean stability.
And if that happens, look for more and more congressional Republicans to seek a way out, to find a path to avoid full scale revolt at the grass roots while still ending up with a more pleasant and pliant President Pence.
With a pliant Republican majority in Congress, Trump could very well secure the votes necessary to defeat a disapproval process with respect to Russia.
In Mr Moreno, his vice-president in 2007-13, Mr Correa chose an electorally effective successor—but not a pliant placeholder.
Thin panels of long-stewed beef, agreeably pliant, overlap pork belly cut like bacon and thrust under the broiler until the edges are somehow crisp and chewy at once.
The main opposition party, Gorran, decided to stay out, resulting in a more pliant parliament for Barzani.
Armiliato’s urgent yet pliant pacing breathed with the singers yet refused to allow rhythms to slacken or the long line to sag.
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First Known Use of pliant
Synonymsbendy [chiefly British], flexible, limber, lissome (also lissom), lithe, lithesome, pliable, willowy, supple
Antonymsinflexible, rigid, stiff, stiffened
Related Wordsadaptable, ductile, elastic, fluid, kneadable, malleable, modifiable, plastic, variable, yielding; droopy, flaccid, floppy, limp; semiflexible
Near Antonymsinelastic, nonmalleable, unyielding; breakable, brittle, fragile
Synonym Discussion of pliant
- plastic materials allow the sculptor greater freedom
- pliable rubber tubing
- an athletic shoe with a pliant sole
- ductile metals such as copper
- the malleable properties of gold
- computer hardware that is adaptable
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