American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Easily bent or shaped. See Synonyms at malleable.
- adj. Receptive to change; adaptable: pliable attitudes.
- adj. Easily influenced, persuaded, or swayed; tractable.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- 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
- From Middle English, from Old French pliant, from Latin plicare ("fold"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from plier, to bend; see pliant. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Furthermore, the fact that Washington's goal in Iraq is complete control of that territory either directly or via some kind of pliable government seems to indicate that the mercenaries will be there awhile.”
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