from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Easily bent or shaped. See Synonyms at malleable.
- adj. Receptive to change; adaptable: pliable attitudes.
- adj. Easily influenced, persuaded, or swayed; tractable.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. soft, flexible, easily bent, formed, shaped, or molded
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Capable of being plied, turned, or bent; easy to be bent; flexible; pliant; supple; limber; yielding.
- adj. Flexible in disposition; readily yielding to influence, arguments, persuasion, or discipline; easy to be persuaded; -- sometimes in a bad sense.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Easy to be bent; readily yielding to force or pressure without rupture; flexible: as, willow is a pliable plant.
- Flexible in disposition; easy to be bent, inclined, or persuaded; readily yielding to influence, arguments, persuasion, or discipline.
- Synonyms Pliant, supple.
- Compliant, yielding, tractable.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. able to adjust readily to different conditions
- adj. capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
- adj. susceptible to being led or directed
- adj. capable of being bent or flexed or twisted without breaking
Middle English, from Old French, from plier, to bend; see pliant.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French pliant, from Latin plicare ("fold"). (Wiktionary)