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pliant

[plahy-uh nt] /ˈplaɪ ənt/
adjective
1.
bending readily; flexible; supple; adaptable:
She manipulated the pliant clay.
2.
easily influenced; yielding to others; compliant:
He has a pliant nature.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Old French, present participle of plier to ply2; see -ant
Related forms
pliancy, pliantness, noun
pliantly, adverb
nonpliancy, noun
nonpliant, adjective
nonpliantly, adverb
nonpliantness, noun
unpliancy, noun
unpliant, adjective
unpliantly, adverb
unpliantness, noun
Synonyms
1, 2. pliable, flexile. See flexible. 2. manageable, tractable, docile.
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British Dictionary definitions for pliancy

pliant

/ˈplaɪənt/
adjective
1.
easily bent; supple: a pliant young tree
2.
easily modified; adaptable; flexible: a pliant system
3.
yielding readily to influence; compliant
Derived Forms
pliancy, pliantness, noun
pliantly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from plier to fold, bend; see ply²
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Word Origin and History for pliancy

pliant

adj.

late 14c., from Old French ploiant "bending, supple; compliant, fickle," as a noun, "turncoat" (13c.), present participle of ploier "to bend" (see ply (n.)). Figurative sense of "easily influenced" is from c.1400. Related: Pliancy.

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