Definition of pliable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈplīəb(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.
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, impressionable, flexible, adaptable, pliant, compliant, biddable, tractable, yielding, amenable, susceptible, suggestible, persuadable, manipulable, receptive



Pronunciation: /ˈplīəblē/
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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Syllabification: pli·a·ble

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