AskDefine | Define pliable

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pliable adj
1 susceptible to being led or directed; "fictile masses of people ripe for propaganda" [syn: fictile]
2 able to adjust readily to different conditions; "an adaptable person"; "a flexible personality"; "an elastic clause in a contract" [syn: elastic, flexible, pliant]
3 capable of being bent or flexed or twisted without breaking; "a flexible wire"; "a pliant young tree" [syn: bendable, pliant]
4 capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out; "ductile copper"; "malleable metals such as gold"; "they soaked the leather to made it pliable"; "pliant molten glass"; "made of highly tensile steel alloy" [syn: ductile, malleable, pliant, tensile, tractile]

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From pliant.


  1. soft, flexible, easily bent, formed, shaped, or molded
    You will find the clay perfectly pliable as long as it stays fairly moist.




plier + -able


  1. pliable

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