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Sunday, May 29, 2005

Definitions for pliant

  1. Easily bent or flexed; supple; pliable; adaptable.
  2. Easily influenced; yielding readily to others.

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Citations for pliant
His structures are rigid in substance as well as appearance; hers are pliant in both. Robert Storr, Art in America
They differ significantly . . . in that they are painted in the bright hues of the original toys, thus losing the vital contradiction between an obviously rigid metal surface and the sculptural illusion of pliant plastic. Eleanor Heartney, Art in America
Origin of pliant
1300-1350
Pliant comes from the present participle of Old French plier, "to fold, to bend," from Latin plicare. It is related to ply, "to fold over or twist together."
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