What does pliable mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term pliable:

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

  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

  3. Origin: [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.]


  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

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