Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The property of being supple; pliableness; flexibility.
  • noun Readiness of compliance; the property of easily yielding; facility; capability of molding one's self to the wishes or opinions of others.
  • noun Synonyms See supple.

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

  • noun The quality or state of being supple; flexibility; pliableness; pliancy.

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

  • noun The quality of being supple.

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

  • noun the property of being pliant and flexible
  • noun adaptability of mind or character
  • noun the gracefulness of a person or animal that is flexible and supple

Etymologies

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From supple + -ness

Examples

  • I had rid myself of my bonds handily enough; I had rubbed my limbs to that perfect suppleness which is always desirable before a fight; and I had planned to rush out so soon as the door was swung, and kill those that came first with fist blows on the brow and chin.

    The Lost Continent

  • England was blessed as a nation in that the language of its principal book, as the Bible in English rapidly became, was the fountain from which flowed the lucidity, suppleness and expressive range of the greatest prose thereafter.

    David Teems: The Other English William

  • England was blessed as a nation in that the language of its principal book, as the Bible in English rapidly became, was the fountain from which flowed the lucidity, suppleness and expressive range of the greatest prose thereafter.

    David Teems: The Other English William

  • England was blessed as a nation in that the language of its principal book, as the Bible in English rapidly became, was the fountain from which flowed the lucidity, suppleness and expressive range of the greatest prose thereafter.

    David Teems: The Other English William

  • Already a dancer of considerable suppleness and individuality he began dancing as a young boy in the Dordogne region of France, he became the point man for Pina's explorations of love and sex, striving, mortality and just about every other element of being human.

    Michael Kurcfeld: Pina Bausch: Her Top Dancer Keeps Her Work Alive (VIDEO)

  • England was blessed as a nation in that the language of its principal book, as the Bible in English rapidly became, was the fountain from which flowed the lucidity, suppleness and expressive range of the greatest prose thereafter.

    David Teems: The Other English William

  • Written in seven movements for natural horn and ensemble, it was the highlight of a concert also given in Edinburgh that included Kodály's delicious Dances of Galánta and Dvorák's benevolent Fifth Symphony, drawn with suppleness and clarity by the SCO's chief conductor, Robin Ticciati.

    LPO/Jurowski; Betrothal in a Monastery; Psappha ensemble; SCO/Ticciati – review

  • Already a dancer of considerable suppleness and individuality he began dancing as a young boy in the Dordogne region of France, he became the point man for Pina's explorations of love and sex, striving, mortality and just about every other element of being human.

    Michael Kurcfeld: Pina Bausch: Her Top Dancer Keeps Her Work Alive (VIDEO)

  • Yes, Virginia, CA wines not only age well but take on the complexities, suppleness and sensual attractiveness we expect of older wines.

    Imperfect storage, blogging, new critics, Johnny Apple – sipped and spit | Dr Vino's wine blog

  • Already a dancer of considerable suppleness and individuality he began dancing as a young boy in the Dordogne region of France, he became the point man for Pina's explorations of love and sex, striving, mortality and just about every other element of being human.

    Michael Kurcfeld: Pina Bausch: Her Top Dancer Keeps Her Work Alive (VIDEO)

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