Definition of malleable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmalyəb(ə)l/


1(Of a metal or other material) able to be hammered or pressed permanently out of shape without breaking or cracking.
Example sentences
  • Industrial and commercial fittings are made from galvanized steel, cast iron, or malleable steel.
  • This allows the clay to form a malleable material.
  • I envied how the material was so malleable compared to wood and that one could get so close to it.
pliable, ductile, plastic, pliant, soft, workable
1.1Easily influenced; pliable: Anna was shaken enough to be malleable
More example sentences
  • It scares people and people who are scared are more malleable, more easily led.
  • Sometimes, however, these natives can be a tad too malleable and easily persuaded by those in their inner circle.
  • But Anna is sexually malleable and could easily be taken advantage of by an unscrupulous dominant.
easily influenced, suggestible, susceptible, impressionable, pliable, amenable, compliant, tractable;
biddable, complaisant, manipulable, persuadable, like putty in someone's hands



Pronunciation: /ˌmal(y)əˈbilədē/
Example sentences
  • We will discuss the malleability of human nature.
  • The Inca, by contrast, valued ‘plasticity, malleability, and toughness.’
  • The cognitive psychologist Elizabeth Loftus has been vilified for publishing groundbreaking data on the malleability of memory.


Pronunciation: /-blē/
Example sentences
  • But academic ability and/or intelligence is both spikier and more malleably constructed than such an analogy allows.
  • My heart gave in malleably like a raw piece of argil to the tender touch of his love.
  • Subsequently, the crop spread around Europe and Asia where it malleably transformed into the many cruciferous crops we know today.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'able to be hammered'): via Old French from medieval Latin malleabilis, from Latin malleus 'a hammer'.

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Syllabification: mal·le·a·ble

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