What does pliant mean?

Definitions for pliant
ˈplaɪ əntpli·ant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. plastic, pliantadjective

    capable of being influenced or formed

    "the plastic minds of children"; "a pliant nature"

  2. ductile, malleable, pliable, pliant, tensile, tractileadjective

    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, pliantadjective

    able to adjust readily to different conditions

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

  4. bendable, pliable, pliant, waxyadjective

    capable of being bent or flexed or twisted without breaking

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

Wiktionary

  1. pliantadjective

    Capable of plying or bending; readily yielding to force or pressure without breaking; flexible; pliable; lithe; limber; plastic; as, a pliant thread; pliant wax.

    Etymology: From pliant.

  2. pliantadjective

    Easily influenced for good or evil; tractable; as, a pliant heart.

    Etymology: From pliant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pliant

    capable of plying or bending; readily yielding to force or pressure without breaking; flexible; pliable; lithe; limber; plastic; as, a pliant thread; pliant wax. Also used figuratively: Easily influenced for good or evil; tractable; as, a pliant heart

    Etymology: [F. pliant, p. pr. of plier to bend. See Ply, v.]

  2. Pliant

    favorable to pliancy

    Etymology: [F. pliant, p. pr. of plier to bend. See Ply, v.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pliant in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pliant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of pliant in a Sentence

  1. Auguste Rodin:

    In short, Beauty is everywhere. It is not that she is lacking to our eye, but our eyes which fail to perceive her. Beauty is character and expression. Well, there is nothing in nature which has more character than the human body. In its strength and its grace it evokes the most varied images. One moment it resembles a flower: the bending torso is the stalk; the breasts, the head, and the splendor of the hair answer to the blossoming of the corolla. The next moment it recalls the pliant creeper, or the proud and upright sapling.

  2. J. Hawes:

    He that cannot decidedly say, "No," when tempted to evil, is on the highway to ruin. He loses the respect even of those who would tempt him, and becomes but the pliant tool and victim of their evil designs.

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    lacking orderly continuity
    • A. transparent
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