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Webster 1913 Edition


Pliable

Pli′a-ble

,
Adj.
[F., fr.
plier
to bend, to fold. See
Ply
,
Verb.
]
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.”
Dr. H. More.
Pli′a-ble-ness
,
Noun.
Pli′a-bly
,
adv.

Webster 1828 Edition


Pliable

PLI'ABLE

,
Adj.
[L. plico.]
1.
Easy to be bent; that readily yields to pressure without rupture; flexible; as, willow is a pliable plant.
2.
Flexible in disposition; readily yielding to moral influence, arguments, persuasion or discipline; as a pliable youth.

Definition 2022


pliable

pliable

English

Adjective

pliable (comparative more pliable, superlative most pliable)

  1. soft, flexible, easily bent, formed, shaped, or molded
    You will find the clay perfectly pliable as long as it stays fairly moist.

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French

Etymology

plier + -able

Adjective

pliable m, f (plural pliables)

  1. pliable