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Thursday, August 24, 2000

Definitions for malleable

  1. Capable of being extended or shaped by beating with a hammer, or by the pressure of rollers; -- applied to metals.
  2. Capable of being altered or controlled by outside forces; easily influenced.
  3. Capable of adjusting to changing circumstances; adaptable.

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Citations for malleable
His image for his own imagination is the acid, the catalyst, that is mixed in to make the gold malleable, and is then wiped away. , Times (London)
The natives proved less malleable and far less innocent than the Europeans imagined, so much so that early colonial history is filled with countless stories of monks who met hideous deaths at the hands of their flocks. Juan Gonzalez, Harvest of Empire
Origin of malleable
1350-1400
Malleable comes from Medieval Latin malleabilis, from malleare, "to hammer," from Latin malleus, "hammer."