from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not pliable.


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  • She had no notion of a joke, sir; had come late into life, and had a mighty unpliable understanding.

    Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

  • The half-inch-thick sheet looked totally unpliable.


  • The half-inch-thick sheet looked totally unpliable.


  • All our failures here proceed from bad education, want of capacity, or a perverse and unpliable disposition.

    An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals

  • Ephorus, that it was Phlogidas, who declared they ought not to receive any gold or silver into the city; but to use their own country coin which was iron, and was first of all dipped in vinegar when it was red hot, that it might not be worked up anew, but because of the dipping might be hard and unpliable.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • In the evening costume of a lady, with her bosom uncovered, with her figure armed, rather than dressed, in unpliable silk, the admiral might have passed her by without notice in his own drawing-room.

    No Name

  • Churchmen, like the ungrateful Pole, for whose education he had generously subscribed, were often unpliable to his views of the

    English Travellers of the Renaissance

  • Water-glass soaps do not dissolve readily in water, they make but little suds, and render the skin hard and unpliable.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 392, July 7, 1883

  • He stared forward, across his littered table, beyond his bookcases, through his thick-lensed glasses, as if confronting the stiffening legend of a husband too old, too dry, too unpliable; the victim, finally, of a sudden turn that was peculiarly malapropos and disrelishing, the head of a household tricked rather ridiculously before the world.

    On the Stairs

  • 'She had come late into life, and had a mighty unpliable understanding,' v. 296.

    Life of Johnson


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