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  • adj. Not pliant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not pliant; not easily bent; stiff.
  • Not readily yielding the will; not compliant.


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un- +‎ pliant


  • "He is unpliant, self-sequestered, coarse-grained; beyond all conception easy and phlegmatic."

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 344, June, 1844

  • Physically, mentally and morally diseased, weak yet stern, sensitive but unpliant, equally devoid of courage and of tact, he could not come in contact with the world without suffering a shock and swift recoil that drove him back to the refuge of solitude -- to the mute companionship of external Nature or the brooding contemplation of himself.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 12, No. 29, August, 1873

  • Nature, usually so unpliant to the spirit of people who live with her, showing a bleak and rugged face, which poetically should indicate the abode of savages and ogres, to Hans

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 78, April, 1864

  • On the other hand, the proud, aspiring, unpliant man whose canal policy brought national renown, had won the admiration of

    A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3

  • Somewhat unelastic, unpliant to the eye, attached to the old modes of thought and convention, but noble in quality and defects; I like her much.

    The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • She had come to him extending, as it were, an olive branch -- living, lustrous, full-foliaged; and in return he seemed able to offer nothing beyond a mere splinter-like twig -- dry, sapless, unpliant.

    With the Procession

  • Slowly, out of her rough, unpliant girlhood, was forming that character of self-reliance and self-control, which, in all ranks, makes of some women the helpers rather than the helped, the laborers rather than the pleasure-seekers; women whose constant lot it seems to be to walk on the shadowed side of life, to endure rather than to enjoy.

    Mistress and Maid. A Household Story.

  • But I lift my eyes from Camilla's unpliant drapery to the red red rose in her hair, and thence, naturally, to her silent face, and in that instant ugly dress and red red rose fade out of my sight.


  • The hard sense, the unpliant, though humorous imperiousness, the animal sensuality of his companion would have been torture to him in his present state of mind.

    Ernest Maltravers — Volume 02

  • Ours are the same in their general character, and rendered still more unpliant, by our having thirteen parliaments to relax, instead of one.

    Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 2


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