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 These tortillas stay pliant and won’t crack or crumble under pressure. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio's best tortillas: The 5 best tortillerías downtown and on the South Side," 21 Apr. 2021 Choosing to get younger and fiscally pliant, Arizona is positioned perfectly to draft Horn. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "NFL mock draft: Patrick Surtain II, Caleb Farley or Jaycee Horn to Arizona Cardinals?," 26 Mar. 2021 Now the project is individual enhancement: poreless skin, pliant limbs, a microfloral garden blooming inside your wild and precious gut. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Puzzling Through Our Eternal Quest for Wellness," 22 Mar. 2021 Pecorella of Modern Leather Goods recommends Apple Brand’s leather cleaner and conditioner ($10 a bottle) for keeping bags pliant, supple and new-looking. Laura Neilson, WSJ, "How to Get Your Luggage Ready, So It’s Set to Travel When You Are," 18 Mar. 2021 Here, too, are a warmth and a curiosity for even the most minor of characters (except that louse of a boyfriend) and a faith in the lessons that a pliant, earnest — and, honestly, not terribly interesting — young person might accrue over time. Globe Staff,, "Raise high the roof beam, Joanna," 4 Mar. 2021 This Chinatown restaurant is wildly popular for its soup dumplings, pliant wrappers filled with meat and steaming broth. Kara Baskin,, "100 top restaurants for takeout in Boston and beyond," 11 Feb. 2021 Food editor Joe Yonan likened it to a club sandwich, while my mind went to Taco Bell’s beloved Crunchwrap Supreme, although inverted with the outside getting toasted to a crisp while the inner layers remain soft and pliant. Washington Post, "TikTok’s tortilla trend is basically a quesadilla — with extra fun folded in," 14 Jan. 2021 The final result is a pizza with a juicy and slightly slippery topping that is supported by the thick cushion of pliant crust. Tara Duggan,, "Mapo tofu on pizza? How a new S.F. restaurant makes Detroit-style pies with the classic Sichuan dish," 14 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of pliant

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Apr 2021

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“Pliant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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