Definition of Pliable

1. Adjective. Susceptible to being led or directed. "Fictile masses of people ripe for propaganda"

Exact synonyms: Fictile
Similar to: Susceptible

2. Adjective. Capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out. "Made of highly tensile steel alloy"
Exact synonyms: Ductile, Malleable, Pliant, Tensile, Tractile
Similar to: Formed
Derivative terms: Ductility, Malleability, Pliability, Pliancy, Pliantness

3. Adjective. Able to adjust readily to different conditions. "An elastic clause in a contract"
Exact synonyms: Elastic, Flexible, Pliant
Similar to: Adaptable
Derivative terms: Flexibility, Flexibleness, Pliability, Pliancy, Pliantness

4. Adjective. Capable of being bent or flexed or twisted without breaking. "A pliant young tree"
Exact synonyms: Bendable, Pliant, Waxy
Similar to: Flexible, Flexile
Derivative terms: Bend, Bend, Bendability, Pliability, Pliancy, Pliantness

Definition of Pliable

1. a. Capable of being plied, turned, or bent; easy to be bent; flexible; pliant; supple; limber; yielding; as, willow is a pliable plant.

Definition of Pliable

1. Adjective. soft, flexible, easily bent, formed, shaped, or molded ¹

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Definition of Pliable

1. easily bent [adj] : PLIABLY [adv]

Medical Definition of Pliable

1. 1. Capable of being plied, turned, or bent; easy to be bent; flexible; pliant; supple; limber; yielding; as, willow is a pliable plant. 2. Flexible in disposition; readily yielding to influence, arguments, persuasion, or discipline; easy to be persuaded; sometimes in a bad sense; as, a pliable youth. "Pliable she promised to be." Pli"ableness, Pli"ably. Origin: F, fr. Plier to bend, to fold. See Ply. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Pliable

plexus venosus rectalis
plexus venosus sacralis
plexus venosus suboccipitalis
plexus venosus uterinus
plexus venosus vertebralis
plexus venosus vesicalis
plexus vertebralis
plexus vesicalis
plexus vesicalis inferior
pliable (current term)
plica aryepiglottica
plica axillaris
plica caecalis vascularis
plica chordae tympani

Literary usage of Pliable

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Sunday at Home by Religious Tract Society, Religious Tract Society (Great Britain) (1891)
"By no one has the heart of humanity been so well persuaded to speak aloud its secrets, and thus it is that pliable is still one of us, still lives to charm ..."

2. A Manual of Applied Mechanics by William John Macquorn Rankine (1904)
"The iu.ition of each particle of a pliable ... The motions due to strains amongst the particles of pliable bodies being all of limited extent, ..."

3. ... The History of the 33rd Division, A.E.F., by Frederick Louis Huidekoper by Frederic Louis Huidekoper (1921)
"5.20 pliable 2: In spite of what G—3 states the left Div. had not reached ... pliable #1 is working on the situation and will report to Plat[t]e #1 what he ..."

4. British Synonymy: Or, An Attempt at Regulating the Choice of Words in by Hester Lynch Piozzi (1794)
"DUCTILE, FLEXIBLE, SOFT, YIELDING, pliable, MALLEABLE. ... pliable ... are more pliable, and any little ..."

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