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 conditions Synonyms: see plasticpliability nounpliableness nounpliably adverb

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  • pliable — [ plijabl ] adj. • 1559; de plier ♦ Qui peut être plié aisément. ⇒ flexible, souple. Un carton pliable. ● pliable adjectif Qui peut être plié. ● pliable (synonymes) adjectif Qui peut être plié. Synonymes …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pliable — Pliable. adj. v. de tout genre. Pliant, flexible, aisé à plier. Cette sorte de bois n est guere pliable. Il se dit aussi fig. de l esprit, de l humeur. Avoir l esprit pliable, l humeur pliable & docile …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • pliable — late 15c., from O.Fr. pliable flexible, from plier to bend (see PLY (Cf. ply) (n.)). Related: Pliability …   Etymology dictionary

  • pliable — [plī′ə bəl] adj. [LME plyable < MFr < plier, to bend, fold < L plicare, to fold, bend: see PLY1] 1. easily bent or molded; flexible 2. easily influenced or persuaded; tractable 3. adjusting readily; adaptable pliability n. pliableness… …   English World dictionary

  • pliable — I adjective accommodating, acquiescent, adaptable, adaptive, adjustable, alterable, amenable, assenting, bendable, biddable, changeable, compliant, conformable, conforming, controllable, docile, ductile easily bent, easily influenced, easily… …   Law dictionary

  • pliable — *plastic, pliant, ductile, malleable, adaptable Analogous words: lithe, limber, *supple: *elastic, resilient, springy, flexible: *compliant, acquiescent Antonyms: obstinate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • pliable — [adj] bendable, adaptable compliant, docile, ductile, easily led, easy, flexible, impressionable, limber, lithe, malleable, manageable, manipulable, moldable, obedient, plastic, pliant, putty*, receptive, responsive, rolling with the punches*,… …   New thesaurus

  • pliable — ► ADJECTIVE 1) easily bent; flexible. 2) easily influenced or swayed. DERIVATIVES pliability noun. ORIGIN French, from Latin plicare to bend or fold …   English terms dictionary

  • pliable — [[t]pla͟ɪ͟əb(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If something is pliable, you can bend it easily without cracking or breaking it. As your baby grows bigger, his bones become less pliable... The finely twined baskets are made with young, pliable spruce roots.… …   English dictionary

  • PLIABLE — adj. des deux genres Pliant, flexible, aisé à plier. Cette sorte de bois n est guère pliable.   Il s emploie aussi figurément, et signifie, Docile, disposé à se laisser conduire, gouverner. Avoir l esprit pliable, l humeur pliable. Il est peu… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

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