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[pla-stis-i-tee] /plæˈstɪs ɪ ti/
the quality or state of being plastic.
the capability of being molded, receiving shape, or being made to assume a desired form:
the plasticity of social institutions; the great plasticity of clay.
Origin of plasticity
1775-85; plastic + -ity
Related forms
nonplasticity, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for plasticity
  • Growth exhibits a broad range of plasticity in the absence of natural selection.
  • And this he does with a fine achievement of pictorial plasticity and power.
  • plasticity in neural processes is a feature of brains.
  • The story of reading's development is a complex tale of equal parts human invention and neural plasticity.
  • The rigidity of human reason was no match for the plasticity of microbes.
  • The experiment revealed unexpected plasticity in the mammalian brain.
  • These qualities give it a remarkable plasticity but prevent it from being thrown on a pottery wheel.
  • Homeostatic plasticity drives tinnitus perception in an animal model.
  • The plasticity of the brain provides life-course opportunities for resilience and enhanced mental health.
  • But the existence of neural plasticity does not mean the brain is a blob of clay pounded into shape by experience.
British Dictionary definitions for plasticity


the quality of being plastic or able to be moulded
(in pictorial art) the quality of depicting space and form so that they appear three-dimensional
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Word Origin and History for plasticity

1782, from plastic + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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