Pliable Pli"a*ble, a. [F., fr. plier to bend, to fold. See {Ply}, v.] 1. Capable of being plied, turned, or bent; easy to be bent; flexible; pliant; supple; limber; yielding; as, willow is a pliable plant. [1913 Webster]

2. Flexible in disposition; readily yielding to influence, arguments, persuasion, or discipline; easy to be persuaded; -- sometimes in a bad sense; as, a pliable youth. ``Pliable she promised to be.'' --Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster] -- {Pli"a*ble*ness}, n. -- {Pli"a*bly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

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  • pliably — pli·a·bly …   English syllables

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  • pliable — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French, from plier to bend, fold more at ply Date: 14th century 1. a. supple enough to bend freely or repeatedly without breaking b. yielding readily to others ; complaisant 2. adjustable to varying …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • flexibly — adv. pliably, elastically, yieldingly, in a manner which can be bent …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pliantly — plaɪəntlɪ adv. flexibly, pliably, facilely, plastically; submissively, compliantly, obediently, compliantly, yieldingly …   English contemporary dictionary

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