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malleability

[mal-ee-uh-bil-i-tee] /ˌmæl i əˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the state of being malleable, or capable of being shaped, as by hammering or pressing:
the extreme malleability of gold.
2.
adaptability:
the malleability of an infant's brain.
Also, malleableness.
Related forms
nonmalleability, noun
nonmalleableness, noun
unmalleability, noun

malleable

[mal-ee-uh-buh l] /ˈmæl i ə bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being extended or shaped by hammering or by pressure from rollers.
2.
adaptable or tractable:
the malleable mind of a child.
Origin
1350-1400
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
Synonyms
2. impressionable, moldable, flexible, pliable.
Antonyms
2. refractory, intractable.
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British Dictionary definitions for malleableness

malleable

/ˈmælɪəbəl/
adjective
1.
(esp of metal) able to be worked, hammered, or shaped under pressure or blows without breaking
2.
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 malleableness

malleable

adj.

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.

malleability

n.

1680s, from malleable + -ity.

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malleableness in Medicine

malleable mal·le·a·ble (māl'ē-ə-bəl)
adj.

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

  2. Easily controlled or influenced; tractable.

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malleableness in Science
malleable
  (māl'ē-ə-bəl)   
Capable of great deformation without breaking, when subject to compressive stress. Gold is the most malleable metal. Compare ductile.
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