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  • n. The quality or state of being pliable; flexibility; pliableness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being pliable; flexibility.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being pliable; flexibility; pliableness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property of being easily bent without breaking
  • n. adaptability of mind or character


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  • At the risk of pop-psychoanalyzing, something Limbaugh does every day on his show, let me suggest that his pliability is rooted in a strange insecurity.

    Talent on Loan from the GOP

  • Benny Hempstead always smiled and nodded acquiescence, but there was in him the strange persistency of a willow bough, the persistency of pliability, which is the most unconquerable of all.

    The Copy-Cat, & Other Stories

  • Through its pliability, which is almost unlimited, it produces in equal measure absurd comparisons and very original inventions.

    Essai sur l'imagination créatrice. English

  • Only this thorough training guarantees good individual riding, and insures the 'pliability' which alone makes it possible to correct disobedience rapidly should it arise.

    Cavalry in Future Wars

  • As Diehl notes, Obama's "pliability" did not go unnoticed.

    Hot Air » Top Picks

  • The piece above reminds you that after enough experience, you too can become like "one take Frank," belting it out just so on the first try, especially in mediums that allow for that kind of pliability (like the web as opposed to say hardware).

    the Onda

  • A popular advice book in the 1830s told young American women, “In whatever situation of life a woman is placed from her cradle to her grave, a spirit of obedience and submission, pliability of temper, and humility of mind, are required from her.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • As the main characters are Michael Palin (whose pathological pliability is perfectly caught by Harry Hadden-Paton) and Terry Gilliam (Sam Alexander, who makes his character's grudge against his native U.S. unpredictably attractive), you expect Mr. Thompson to have written his play in Python-length sketches (like the bisexual war hero in a World War II-skit that has to be explained to dumbfounded network executives).

    The Witty Bits of a Play

  • In addition to worrying about the pliability of the unions, The Met must also worry about some group of canny visionaries figuring out how to churn out high definition, high quality opera productions designed exclusively for the movies and home markets in places where talent is available and cheap, labor costs are trivial, and sound stages go begging.

    Ivan Katz: And So Falleth the Sky

  • Balamuralikrishna, a Carnatic singer whose voice matched Joshi's in tenor and pliability.

    Remembering India's Golden Voice


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