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pliant

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of pliant

  1. able to bend easily without breaking a pliant branch bent low with the weight of ripe fruit Synonyms of pliant bendy [chiefly British], flexible, limber, lissome (also lissom), lithe, lithesome, pliable, willowy, suppleWords Related to pliant adaptable, ductile, elastic, fluid, kneadable, malleable, modifiable, plastic, variable, yielding; droopy, flaccid, floppy, limp; semiflexibleNear Antonyms of pliant inelastic, nonmalleable, unyielding; breakable, brittle, fragileAntonyms of pliant inflexible, rigid, stiff, stiffened

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


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