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  • adv. In a pliable manner

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a pliable manner; yieldingly; compliantly.


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  • Tomorrow, too, the camp at their backs would be dismantled of its improvised defences, the husbandman would come back to his farmhouse, bringing his beasts with him, and return imperturbably to the care of his land and his stock, as his forebears had done time after time, giving ground pliably for a while to marauding enemies they knew they could out-wait, outrun and outlast.

    His Disposition

  • Our politics have become the smart or thoughtful and literate against the masses of pliably ignorant who send money to rabble rousers and lay hands on their TV sets for salvation.

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  • On this point, Davis would make a far better leader than Cameron, but not so sure he can sell out to the needs of the marketing man/public focus groups as pliably.

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  • Perhaps its absence is economic, but the bassoon actually supplements the three horns with a more pliably decorative line.

    The Missing Bassoon

  • But though Drogo's flesh was warm, and yielded pliably to handling, there was no breath in him, and the heart in his great chest, almost certainly pierced by the thrust from behind, was stonily still.

    The Hermit of Eyton Forest

  • But your pliably minded painter gives you a beautiful young lady guiding a sightless Belisarius (see the gift by one of our most tasteful modistes to our National Gallery), and the gratified public never troubles itself to ask whether these ethereal mendicants were ever indeed apparent in this world, or any other.

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  • Always fond of renewing his own youth in the society of the young, and of the sympathizing temperament which belongs to cordial natures, he had, as we have seen, entered very heartily into the ambition of George Belvoir, and reconciled himself very pliably to the humours of Kenelm Chillingly.

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  • Belvoir, and reconciled himself very pliably to the humours of Kenelm

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  • My complaint is that I have known great doughs; wonderful, pliably, bendy and forgiving doughs and this ain’t them.

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