Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Easily bent or shaped. synonym: malleable.
  • adjective Capable of being changed or adjusted to meet particular or varied needs.
  • adjective Easily influenced, persuaded, or controlled.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Capable of being plied, turned, or bent; easy to be bent; flexible; pliant; supple; limber; yielding.
  • adjective Flexible in disposition; readily yielding to influence, arguments, persuasion, or discipline; easy to be persuaded; -- sometimes in a bad sense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective soft, flexible, easily bent, formed, shaped, or molded

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

  • adjective able to adjust readily to different conditions
  • adjective capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
  • adjective susceptible to being led or directed
  • adjective capable of being bent or flexed or twisted without breaking

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French, from plier, to bend; see pliant.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old French pliant, from Latin plicare ("fold").

Examples

  • OLEDs come in pliable, layered sheets which conduct and emit light, making them great for screens and display monitors.

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  • She likes that these younger players are more " pliable, " a quality that she came to miss as her WNBA career continued.

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  • Building flexibility into search, email, and other Google products is critically important as we seek to organize the world's information, and it's only natural that we should continue to look for ways to make the use of such statistics more "pliable" as well.

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  • Building flexibility into search, email, and other Google products is critically important as we seek to organize the world's information, and it's only natural that we should continue to look for ways to make the use of such statistics more "pliable" as well.

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  • The end of their trunk feels firm but kind of pliable, like the cartilage in the end of your own nose.

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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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  • Jordan, angry and insulted, would have none of it, and suggested that the police find someone more "pliable," telling the powers that be to take him or leave him.

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  • The word "ratings" is not some kind of pliable, esoteric concept.

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  • As we get deeper into the n|om, our body becomes so light and pliable that we can feel ourselves stretching.

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  • Brush the bread with enough olive oil to soften and make pliable 1/4 cup of olive oil should be plenty.

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  • The name of the one was Obstinate and the name of the other Pliable.

    John Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress

    September 19, 2009

  • From the book White Oleander by Janet Fitch. Pg.43

    "I saw that her face was melted and horribly pliable."

    November 1, 2010