pliant

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adjective pli·ant \ˈplī-ənt\

Definition of pliant

  1. 1 :  pliable 1a

  2. 2 :  easily influenced :  yielding

  3. 3 :  suitable for varied uses

pliantly

adverb

pliantness

noun

Examples of pliant in a sentence

  1. a pliant Congress that will do whatever the President wants

  2. <a pliant branch bent low with the weight of ripe fruit>

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

14th Century

First Known Use of pliant

14th century

Synonym Discussion of pliant

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>.

PLIANT Defined for English Language Learners

pliant

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adjective pli·ant \ˈplī-ənt\

Definition of pliant for English Language Learners

  • : able to bend without breaking

  • : able to move freely

  • : too easily influenced or controlled by other people


PLIANT Defined for Kids

pliant

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adjective pli·ant \ˈplī-ənt\

Definition of pliant for Students

  1. :  pliable



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