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Pliant definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PLI'ANT, a. That may be easily bent; readily yielding to force or pressure without breaking; flexible; flexile; lithe; limber; as a pliant thread.
1. That may be easily formed or molded to a different shape; as pliant wax.
2. Easily yielding to moral influence; easy to be persuaded; ductile.
The will was then more ductile and pliant to right reason.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: capable of being influenced or formed; "the plastic minds of children"; "a pliant nature" [syn: plastic, pliant]
2: 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" [syn: ductile, malleable, pliable, pliant, tensile, tractile]
3: able to adjust readily to different conditions; "an adaptable person"; "a flexible personality"; "an elastic clause in a contract" [syn: elastic, flexible, pliable, pliant]
4: capable of being bent or flexed or twisted without breaking; "a flexible wire"; "a pliant young tree" [syn: bendable, pliable, pliant, waxy]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Date: 14th century 1. pliable 1a 2. easily influenced ; yielding 3. suitable for varied uses Synonyms: see plastic pliantly adverb pliantness noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. = PLIABLE 1. Derivatives: pliancy n. pliantly adv. Etymology: ME f. OF (as PLIABLE)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Pliant Pli"ant, a. [F. pliant, p. pr. of plier to bend. See Ply, v.] 1. 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. The will was then ductile and pliant to right reason. --South. 2. Favorable to pliancy. [R.] ``A pliant hour.'' --Shak. -- Pli"ant*ly, adv. -- Pli"ant*ness, n.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. A pliant person can be easily influenced and controlled by other people. She's proud and stubborn, you know, under that pliant exterior. = compliant, pliable ADJ 2. If something is pliant, you can bend it easily without breaking it. ...pliant young willows. = pliable, supple ADJ

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. See pliable.

Moby Thesaurus

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