unpliant

pliant

[plahy-uhnt]
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:
1300–50; 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.
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pliant (ˈplaɪənt)
 
adj
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]
 
'pliancy
 
n
 
'pliantness
 
n
 
'pliantly
 
adv

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pliant
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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