What does pliable mean?

Definitions for pliable
ˈplaɪ ə bəlpli·able

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fictile, pliable(adj)

    susceptible to being led or directed

    "fictile masses of people ripe for propaganda"

  2. ductile, malleable, pliable, pliant, tensile, tractile(adj)

    capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out

    "ductile copper"; "malleable metals such as gold"; "they soaked the leather to made it pliable"; "pliant molten glass"; "made of highly tensile steel alloy"

  3. elastic, flexible, pliable, pliant(adj)

    able to adjust readily to different conditions

    "an adaptable person"; "a flexible personality"; "an elastic clause in a contract"

  4. bendable, pliable, pliant, waxy(adj)

    capable of being bent or flexed or twisted without breaking

    "a flexible wire"; "a pliant young tree"


  1. pliable(Adjective)

    soft, flexible, easily bent, formed, shaped, or molded

    You will find the clay perfectly pliable as long as it stays fairly moist.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pliable

    capable of being plied, turned, or bent; easy to be bent; flexible; pliant; supple; limber; yielding; as, willow is a pliable plant

    Etymology: [F., fr. plier to bend, to fold. See Ply, v.]

  2. Pliable

    flexible in disposition; readily yielding to influence, arguments, persuasion, or discipline; easy to be persuaded; -- sometimes in a bad sense; as, a pliable youth

    Etymology: [F., fr. plier to bend, to fold. See Ply, v.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pliable

    plī′a-bl, adj. easily bent or folded: supple: easily persuaded: yielding to influence.—ns. Pliabil′ity, Plī′ableness, quality of being pliable or flexible.—adv. Plī′ably, in a pliable manner.—ns. Plī′ancy, Plī′antness, the state of being pliant: readiness to be influenced.—adj. Plī′ant, bending easily: flexible: tractable: easily influenced.—adv. Plī′antly. [Fr. pliable—L. plicāre, to fold.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pliable in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pliable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of pliable in a Sentence

  1. Scott Allen:

    People form brand loyalties and they stick with them, but the younger generation is a lot more pliable, and the younger generation is looking for solutions, they're looking for products that meet their needs and their niche, and I think companies are going to recognize that they really have to look forward, not just being stagnant, not just being complacent with what they have.

  2. Prof.Salam Al Shereida:

    Decisions are stubborn things, but debates about them are pliable.

  3. Mark Twain:

    Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. (Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.)

  4. Laurence J. Peter:

    Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.

  5. Bette Davis:

    Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone - but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, too yielding.

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