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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

malleability

n.

1680s, from malleable + -ity.

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.

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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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