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[mal-ee-uh-buh l] /ˈmæl i ə bəl/
capable of being extended or shaped by hammering or by pressure from rollers.
adaptable or tractable:
the malleable mind of a child.
Origin of malleable
1350-1400; Middle English malliable < Medieval Latin malleābilis, equivalent to malle(āre) to hammer (derivative of Latin malleus hammer) + -ābilis -able
Related forms
malleably, adverb
malleability, malleableness, noun
nonmalleable, adjective
unmalleable, adjective
2. impressionable, moldable, flexible, pliable.
2. refractory, intractable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for malleable
  • Metals vary in this respect; pure gold is the most malleable.
  • And with its malleable shape, it could clean almost anywhere.
  • Passengers are much more malleable when they understand what's going on.
  • Yes, it is highly malleable and easy to shape.
  • Our malleable minds take well to proper mental care and feeding.
  • Unlike most other forms of media, games are inherently malleable.
  • She reminds us of who we once were before we replaced hard realities with easily malleable images.
  • Carbon can be molded to be the hardest, most malleable, conductive material there is.
  • The formation of memories is a malleable process, indeed.
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British Dictionary definitions for malleable


(esp of metal) able to be worked, hammered, or shaped under pressure or blows without breaking
able to be influenced; pliable or tractable
Derived Forms
malleability, (rare) malleableness, noun
malleably, adverb
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Medieval Latin malleābilis, from Latin malleus hammer
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Word Origin and History for malleable

late 14c., "capable of being shaped by hammering," from Middle French malleable and directly from Medieval Latin malleabilis, from malleare "to beat with a hammer," from Latin malleus "hammer" (see mallet). Figurative sense, of persons, "capable of being adapted" first recorded 1610s.

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malleable in Medicine

malleable mal·le·a·ble (māl'ē-ə-bəl)

  1. Capable of being shaped or formed, as by hammering or pressure.

  2. Easily controlled or influenced; tractable.

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malleable in Science
Capable of great deformation without breaking, when subject to compressive stress. Gold is the most malleable metal. Compare ductile.
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