American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- 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. figuratively Easily influenced for good or evil; tractable; as, a pliant heart.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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. rare Favorable to pliancy.
- 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
- From Old French pliant. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“Mann congratulated himself on having articulated the notion of pliant time in an early draft of his great novel, even before Einstein expanded the theory in 1916.”
“Its road show, he says, was pitched to believers, and the media in China is largely pliant, meaning the company has rarely faced tough questions.”
“We do not know what the word here translated "pliant" [Greek: streptos] means, and”
“He got the name of a "pliant" doctor and now has a medical card.”
“Combined with what the late Ernest Mandel called "extra-economic" factors (such as pliant labor leadership and peaceful trade unionism, establishment of the Bretton Woods international monetary system, Cold War ideology and the suppression or pacification of any possible dissent, and relative decline in the price of oil and other raw materials in the immediate post-WW II period), the New Deal and other government-sponsored reforms ushered in a period of rapid economic expansion that came to be known as the "golden years of US capitalism," which lasted until around 1970.”
“The rhythms of organist/guitarist Sean Antanaitis and drummer David Bergander are more pliant the third time around, giving plenty of room for frontwoman Katrina Ford to soar, coo and growl with equal aplomb.”
“Jay Hunter Morris, who took over the punishing title role just a week before the premiere, has a bright, pliant tenor—not large, but ringing and energetic.”
“It's the duo's astute absorption of the '80s' pliant synth-pop and its attendants electro, boogie, R & B, as well as an ability to keep the reverence fun, that carries them well beyond the joke.”
“Cairo is a linchpin of the so-called moderate Arab axis allied with Washington against the region's less-pliant regimes, including Iran and its proxies.”
“Sadly, over a century later, the blood-soaked gains made by America's labor movement are being relentlessly eroded by stealthy corporations and pliant politicians.”
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