Definition of malleable in English:

malleable

Line breaks: mal|le¦able
Pronunciation: /ˈmalɪəb(ə)l
 
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adjective

1(Of a metal or other material) able to be hammered or pressed into shape without breaking or cracking: a malleable metal can be beaten into a sheet
More 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.
Synonyms
1.1Easily influenced; pliable: they are as malleable and easily led as sheep
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  • 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.
Synonyms

Origin

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

Derivatives

malleability

Pronunciation: /-ˈbɪlɪti/
noun
More 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.

malleably

adverb
More 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.

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