Definition of pliant in English:


Line breaks: pli¦ant
Pronunciation: /ˈplʌɪənt


  • 1Easily bent: pliant willow stems
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    • From olden times the principle of gentleness has been symbolized by a willow branch or a bamboo, which is pliant and not easily broken.
    • She threw enough flour in the pot for the batter to finally seem doughy, and it began to feel soft and pliant and I could take it out of the mixing pot to knead it.
    • At first glance, the powered parachute appears a hermaphroditic aircraft - half loud, thrusting engine, half soft, pliant airfoil.



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  • Judo, the way of gentleness and pliancy, is one such path.
  • She is blessed with an exotic natural beauty and a porcelain fragility which cleverly disguises her great pliancy and strong technique.
  • A little pliancy in the mind of an investigator can't hurt either.


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  • She shielded it from the possibility of rain all the more pliantly after reading in its margin: ‘Free to be considered your property.’
  • Throughout his examination, Tadese sat motionless, submitting so pliantly as to give the impression of not being there at all.
  • The performance, pliantly conducted by a visiting conductor, also delivered an honest-to-goodness duet, a first for Morris here.


Middle English: from French, literally 'bending', present participle of plier.

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