Definition of pliable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈplʌɪəb(ə)l/


1Easily bent; flexible: quality leather is pliable and will not crack
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  • Amorphous solids are thermally plastic, being hard, rigid, and brittle at low temperature, and soft, flexible, and pliable at high temperature.
  • Immediately after the molt, the crab's new ‘soft shell’ is pliable and easily stretched.
  • In each work, the play of texture seems to transform the rigid stone into a more supple or pliable substance like plastic or clay.
flexible, easily bent, bendable, pliant, elastic, supple, stretchable, malleable, workable, plastic, whippy, springy, limber, ductile, tensile
informal bendy
archaic flexile
2Easily influenced: pliable teenage minds
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  • When minds are young and pliable - government experts understand this principle - you can fill them with nonsense that is practically impossible to root out.
  • We'll just get our own grip on that pliable feminine mind!
  • By contemplating compassion and love, we become familiar with the pliable mind of peace.
malleable, easily influenced, impressionable, flexible, adaptable, pliant, compliant, docile, biddable, tractable, like putty in one's hands, yielding, manageable, governable, controllable, amenable, accommodating, susceptible, suggestible, influenceable, persuadable, manipulable, responsive, receptive



Pronunciation: /ˈplʌɪəbli/
Example sentences
  • A suction cup member has a lip which pliably accommodates the surface and allows a trigger mechanism to be brought in contact with the surface.
  • The objective of the present invention is to provide a high reliable optical wave network system capable of economically and pliably handling multimedia service of which communication capacity per service is large.


Late Middle English: from French, from plier 'to bend' (see ply1).

Words that rhyme with pliable

dyeable, flyable, friable, liable, triable, viable

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