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pliable

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of pliable

  1. 1 able to bend easily without breaking the wooden strips become more pliable if they are first soaked in water Synonyms of pliable bendy [chiefly British], flexible, limber, lissome (also lissom), lithe, lithesome, willowy, pliant, suppleWords Related to pliable adaptable, ductile, elastic, fluid, kneadable, malleable, modifiable, plastic, variable, yielding; droopy, flaccid, floppy, limp; semiflexibleNear Antonyms of pliable inelastic, nonmalleable, unyielding; breakable, brittle, fragileAntonyms of pliable inflexible, rigid, stiff, stiffened

  2. 2 capable of being readily changed with such iffy weather, we had to keep our vacation schedule fairly pliable Synonyms of pliable adaptable, adjustable, alterable, changeable, elastic, fluid, malleable, modifiable, flexible, variableWords Related to pliable changing, fluctuating, inconstant, labile, unstable, unsteady, varying, versatileNear Antonyms of pliable constant, stable, steady, unchanging, uniform, unvaryingAntonyms of pliable established, fixed, immutable, inelastic, inflexible, invariable, nonmalleable, ramrod, set, unadaptable, unalterable, unbudgeable, unchangeable

Synonym Discussion of pliable

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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