American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Capable of being shaped or formed, as by hammering or pressure: a malleable metal.
- adj. Easily controlled or influenced; tractable.
- adj. Able to adjust to changing circumstances; adaptable: the malleable mind of the pragmatist.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Capable of being shaped or extended by beating or rolling; capable of extension by hammering; reducible to a laminated form by beating, as gold, which may be beaten into leaves (gold-foil) of extreme thinness; hence, capable of being shaped by outside influence; yielding. See foil.
- adj. Able to be hammered into thin sheets; capable of being extended or shaped by beating with a hammer, or by the pressure of rollers.
- adj. metaphorical Flexible, liable to change.
- adj. cryptography, of an algorithm in which an adversary can alter a ciphertext such that it decrypts to a related plaintext
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Capable of being extended or shaped by beating with a hammer, or by the pressure of rollers; -- applied to metals.
- adj. Capable of being influenced to behave as desired; tractable; -- used mostly of children.
- adj. capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
- adj. easily influenced
- From Middle English malliable, borrowed from Late Latin malleābilis, derived from malleāre ("to hammer"), from malleus ("hammer"), from Proto-Indo-European *mal-ni- (“crushing”), an extended variant of Proto-Indo-European *melH₂- (“crush, grind”). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin malleābilis, from malleāre, to hammer, from Latin malleus, hammer; see melə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I consider it more what I call malleable cinema than interactive," Coppola said.”
“Textured as in malleable play-doh Eric Bana types?”
“Belief in malleable intelligence is no free lunch - it could easily lead students to waste years of their lives trying and failing.”
“Thus, I suspect that students with who believe in malleable intelligence are more likely to go to graduate school despite low test scores.”
“Hamsaya relationships between patrons and clients were and remain malleable but strong in Afghan society.”
“It is, I think, by accident that he hints at Michael's suggestible nature by referring to his "malleable ear".”
“They are infinitely malleable, which is their greatest power and their greatest weakness.”
“It has already been explained that human nature is the set of dispositions and capacities to believe, desire and act and, as Reid knowledges, that morality can only be focused on those that are malleable, that is sensitive to the environment these occur in, what else are the means to effect this "human nature" than is via the social forces as a key part of this environment?”
“All in all, just the Newt's way of working the media so that if he doesn't get another chance at further damaging our country with political partisanship and using Sarah's coattail to get there he'll send Sarah as the substitue "malleable" obstructionist - scary indeed.”
“Are people with this kind of malleable opinion and political cynicism what we want in the Presidency?”
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