Pliant Pli"ant, a. [F. pliant, p. pr. of plier to bend. See {Ply}, v.] 1. Capable of plying or bending; readily yielding to force or pressure without breaking; flexible; pliable; lithe; limber; plastic; as, a pliant thread; pliant wax. Also used figuratively: Easily influenced for good or evil; tractable; as, a pliant heart. [1913 Webster]

The will was then ductile and pliant to right reason. --South. [1913 Webster]

2. Favorable to pliancy. [R.] ``A pliant hour.'' --Shak. -- {Pli"ant*ly}, adv. -- {Pli"ant*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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  • Truism — Tru ism, n. [From {True}.] An undoubted or self evident truth; a statement which is pliantly true; a proposition needing no proof or argument; opposed to falsism. [1913 Webster] Trifling truisms clothed in great, swelling words. J. P. Smith.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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