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malleable

[mal-ee-uh-buhl]
adjective
1.
capable of being extended or shaped by hammering or by pressure from rollers.
2.
adaptable or tractable: the malleable mind of a child.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English malliable < Medieval Latin malleābilis, equivalent to malle(āre) to hammer (derivative of Latin malleus hammer) + -ābilis -able

malleably, adverb
malleability, malleableness, noun
nonmalleable, adjective
unmalleable, adjective


2. impressionable, moldable, flexible, pliable.


2. refractory, intractable.
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malleable (ˈmælɪəbəl)
 
adj
1.  (esp of metal) able to be worked, hammered, or shaped under pressure or blows without breaking
2.  able to be influenced; pliable or tractable
 
[C14: via Old French from Medieval Latin malleābilis, from Latin malleus hammer]
 
mallea'bility
 
n
 
'malleableness
 
n
 
'malleably
 
adv

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malleable
late 14c., from M.L. malleabilis, from malleare "to beat with a hammer," from L. malleus "hammer" (see mallet). Figurative sense, of persons, "capable of being adapted" first recorded 1610s. Related: Malleability.
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malleable mal·le·a·ble (māl'ē-ə-bəl)
adj.

  1. Capable of being shaped or formed, as by hammering or pressure.

  2. Easily controlled or influenced; tractable.

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malleable   (māl'ē-ə-bəl)  Pronunciation Key 
Capable of great deformation without breaking, when subject to compressive stress. Gold is the most malleable metal. Compare ductile.
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