from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Easily bent or flexed; pliable. See Synonyms at malleable.
- adj. Easily altered or modified to fit conditions; adaptable.
- adj. Yielding readily to influence or domination; compliant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Capable of plying or bending; readily yielding to force or pressure without breaking; flexible; pliable; lithe; limber; plastic; as, a pliant thread; pliant wax.
- adj. Easily influenced for good or evil; tractable; as, a pliant heart.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Capable of plying or bending; readily yielding to force or pressure without breaking; flexible; pliable; lithe; limber; plastic. Also used figuratively: Easily influenced for good or evil; tractable.
- adj. Favorable to pliancy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Capable of being easily bent; flexible; supple; limber; lithe: as, a pliant twig.
- Easily bent or inclined to any particular course; readily influenced for good or evil; easy to be persuaded; yielding.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. able to adjust readily to different conditions
- adj. capable of being bent or flexed or twisted without breaking
- adj. capable of being influenced or formed
- adj. capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
Middle English, from Old French, present participle of plier, to fold, bend, from Latin plicāre; see plek- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French pliant. (Wiktionary)