malleable
adjective Etymology: Middle English malliable, from Medieval Latin malleabilis, from malleare to hammer, from Latin malleus hammer — more at maul Date: 14th century 1. capable of being extended or shaped by beating with a hammer or by the pressure of rollers 2. a. capable of being altered or controlled by outside forces or influences b. having a capacity for adaptive change Synonyms: see plasticmalleability noun

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  • malléable — [ maleabl ] adj. • v. 1500; du lat. malleare « marteler », de malleus « marteau » 1 ♦ Qui a la propriété de s aplatir et de s étendre sous le marteau (ou par l action du laminoir) en lames ou feuilles. ⇒ ductile. L or est le plus malléable des… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Malleable — Mal le*a*ble, a. [F. mall[ e]able, fr. LL. malleare to hammer. See {Malleate}.] 1. Capable of being extended or shaped by beating with a hammer, or by the pressure of rollers; applied to metals. [1913 Webster] 2. Capable of being influenced to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • malleable — (adj.) late 14c., capable of being shaped by hammering, from M.Fr. malleable and directly from M.L. malleabilis, from malleare to beat with a hammer, from L. malleus hammer (see MALLET (Cf. mallet)). Figurative sense, of persons, capable of being …   Etymology dictionary

  • malleable — Malleable. adj. de tout genre. Qui est dur & ductile, qui se peut battre, forger, & estendre à coups de marteau. Les metaux sont malleables. Le verre n est point malleable …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • malleable — I adjective accommodating, acquiescent, adaptable, adjustable, agreeable, amenable, amiable, bendable, bending, compliant, conformable, conforming, controllable, deferential, docile, ductile, ductilis, easily bent, easily influenced, easily… …   Law dictionary

  • malleable — *plastic, pliable, pliant, ductile, adaptable Analogous words: tractable, amenable (see OBEDIENT) Antonyms: refractory Contrasted words: intractable, recalcitrant, ungovernable, *unruly …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • malleable — [adj] pliable adaptable, compliant, ductile, flexible, governable, go with the flow*, impressionable, manageable, moldable, plastic, pliant, putty in hands*, rolls with punches*, soft, submissive, supple, tractable, tractile, transformable,… …   New thesaurus

  • malleable — ► ADJECTIVE 1) able to be hammered or pressed into shape without breaking or cracking. 2) easily influenced. DERIVATIVES malleability noun. ORIGIN from Latin malleus a hammer …   English terms dictionary

  • malleable — [mal′ē ə bəl] adj. [ME malliable < ML malleabilis < L malleare, to beat with a hammer < malleus, a hammer < IE base * mel , to grind, beat > MILL1] 1. that can be hammered, pounded, or pressed into various shapes without breaking:… …   English World dictionary

  • malleable — [[t]mæ̱liəb(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you say that someone is malleable, you mean that they are easily influenced or controlled by other people. [WRITTEN] The malleable mayor of New York was under his control... She was young enough to be… …   English dictionary

  • malléable — (mal lé a bl ) adj. 1°   Qu on peut battre, forger, étendre à coups de marteau. L or est le plus malléable des métaux. •   Nous répétâmes, dans mon laboratoire de Montbar, l expérience de la platine [du platine] malléable, BUFF. Min. t. V, p. 456 …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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