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  • n. The quality of being pliant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being pliant in sense.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being pliant, or easily bent or inclined in any desired direction; readiness to be persuaded or influenced: as, the pliancy of a rod; pliancy of disposition.

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

  • n. adaptability of mind or character
  • n. the property of being pliant and flexible


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  • Small-scale J'aime Crandall performed with pliancy and ease.

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  • Mr. Carreño, substituting for the indisposed Maxim Beloserkovsky, supported Ms. Dvorovenko with strength and confidence, dancing with much of his usual impressive pliancy and unhurried finesse, even at this late stage of his career.

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  • Yet he could not shake from his brain and vision the warm recollection of those bronze slippers, that clinging gown, and all the feminine softness and pliancy of Dede in her pretty

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  • Such ruminative, nostalgic music voices a lament for the Slavonic folk music of a fading past and therefore calls for more resonance and pliancy.

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  • Baidu is often described in the press as China's "home-grown" internet portal and search service, as though its native parentage somehow explains the company's reported pliancy in acquiescing to government censorship demands.

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  • The richness and pliancy of the chorus and orchestra was a central element in the performance in both operas.

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  • There was a college wrestler; a Korean green belt in karate; an innocuous looking little finance clerk who once called out the five guys who had been chiefly harassing him, mistaking his amiable grin for pliancy, and had all five on the ground in about a minute each.

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  • He slipped his hand into the shirt and filled his hand with the soft pliancy of her breast.

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