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
Caulk and glazing that remains pliant or that has hardened but can not be
  crumbled by hand pressure is considered non-friable.
Under the magic of many skillful hands the pliant boughs are soon tied and
  twisted into a thousand devices.
Shiny vinyls are supple and pliant.
Just as they are flexible in the tasks they perform on the job, workers have to
  be pliant when it comes to their shifts.
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