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Sunday, May 29, 2005

pliant

\PLY-uhnt\ , adjective;
1.
Easily bent or flexed; supple; pliable; adaptable.
2.
Easily influenced; yielding readily to others.
Quotes:
His structures are rigid in substance as well as appearance; hers are pliant in both.
-- Robert Storr, "Gego's galaxies", Art in America, June 2003
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, "Jeff Koons at Sonnabend", Art in America, May 2004
Broadly speaking, Skinner saw personality as a blank slate, pliant and ripe for conditioning.
-- Andrew Stuttaford, "Chick-Tac-Toe", National Review, December 23, 2002
Her first step was to flatter her pliant husband into her way of thinking.
-- Giovanni Boccaccio, Famous Women edited and translated by Virginia Brown
Origin:
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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