Webster 1913 Edition
plierto bend, to fold. See
Capable of being plied, turned, or bent; easy to be bent; flexible; pliant; supple; limber; yielding;
as, willow is a.
Flexible in disposition; readily yielding to influence, arguments, persuasion, or discipline; easy to be persuaded; – sometimes in a bad sense;“Pliable she promised to be.”
Dr. H. More.
Webster 1828 Edition
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.