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[plahy-uh-buh l] /ˈplaɪ ə bəl/
easily bent; flexible; supple:
pliable leather.
easily influenced or persuaded; yielding:
the pliable mind of youth.
adjusting readily to change; adaptable.
Origin of pliable
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < French, equivalent to pli(er) to ply2 + -able -able
Related forms
pliability, pliableness, noun
pliably, adverb
nonpliability, noun
nonpliable, adjective
nonpliableness, noun
nonpliably, adverb
unpliable, adjective
unpliableness, noun
unpliably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pliable
  • In some cases, the pliable stopper material may remain inside the casting.
  • When you're a silver-lining guy, dreams are pliable.
  • He seems to think that facts are pliable.
  • Unlike collagen gels, this new type of artificial skin has high mechanical stability and is pliable.
  • So pliable you can tie it in a bow knot, it still bakes tender.
  • Either should be heated; a little moisture helps make tortillas pliable.
  • The supreme court, which would hear appeals, is famously pliable.
  • The disks have a special backing, flexed during manufacture so they'll be pliable enough to stand up during use.
  • But the rules are apparently pliable.
  • Their rapport was sturdy and pliable, rooted in deep familiarity.
British Dictionary definitions for pliable


easily moulded, bent, influenced, or altered
Derived Forms
pliability, pliableness, noun
pliably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for pliable

late 14c., from Old French ploiable "flexible, bendable," from plier "to bend" (see ply (n.)). Related: Pliably, pliability.

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