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plasticity

[pla-stis-i-tee] /plæˈstɪs ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being plastic.
2.
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
1775-1785
1775-85; plastic + -ity
Related forms
nonplasticity, noun
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  • The plasticity of the inborn organs of speech is thus in the earliest childhood very great.

  • plasticity: the capacity for being formed, moulded or developed.

  • It would thus exhibit a plasticity which might be compared to that of soft wax.

  • Sand, possessing no plasticity, cannot be shaped or made to hold together.

    The Potter's Craft Charles F. Binns
  • I do not object to hearing this variability and plasticity of instinct called the twilight of mind or rudimentary mentality.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • This amount is important because it is one of the best indications of plasticity.

    The Potter's Craft Charles F. Binns
  • The specific adaptability of an immature creature for growth constitutes his plasticity.

  • This same element of plasticity accounts for the breaking of habits.

    How to Teach George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
  • It is impossible not to be struck with the high degree of variability or plasticity of many of the bones.

  • A certain measure of plasticity has to be counted in as part of their very nature.

    Anthropology Robert Marett
British Dictionary definitions for plasticity

plasticity

/plæˈstɪsɪtɪ/
noun
1.
the quality of being plastic or able to be moulded
2.
(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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