bending readily; flexible; supple; adaptable: She manipulated the pliant clay.
easily influenced; yielding to others; compliant: He has a pliant nature.

1300–50; Middle English < Old French, present participle of plier to ply2; see -ant

pliancy, pliantness, noun
pliantly, adverb
nonpliancy, noun
nonpliant, adjective
nonpliantly, adverb
nonpliantness, noun
unpliancy, noun
unpliant, adjective
unpliantly, adverb
unpliantness, noun

1, 2. pliable, flexile. See flexible. 2. manageable, tractable, docile. Unabridged
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pliant (ˈplaɪənt)
1.  easily bent; supple: a pliant young tree
2.  easily modified; adaptable; flexible: a pliant system
3.  yielding readily to influence; compliant
[C14: from Old French, from plier to fold, bend; see ply²]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. pliant "bending" (13c.), prp. of plier "to bend" (see ply (n.)). Figurative sense of "easily influenced" is from c.1400.
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Example sentences
Nothing could have better pointed up the pliancy of race.
The filter should be of seamless construction with sufficient pliancy to allow a leak-tight fit in the filter holder.
The increasing pliancy of her back suggests that she keeps learning to surrender more of herself to the waltz and to her partner.
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