pliable

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

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

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

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

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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)

  • 12 PLIABLE — adj. des deux genres Qui est flexible, aisé à plier. Cette sorte de bois n’est guère pliable. Il s’emploie aussi figurément et signifie Qui est docile, disposé à se laisser gouverner. Avoir l’esprit pliable, l’humeur pliable. Il est peu usité …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • 13 pliable — (pli a bl ) adj. 1°   Qui peut être plié. Une branche pliable. •   Lorsqu on veut se servir du raisonnement seul pour établir les vérités religieuses, c est un instrument pliable en tous sens, qui peut également les défendre et les attaquer,… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 14 pliable — pliability, pliableness, n. pliably, adv. /pluy euh beuhl/, adj. 1. easily bent; flexible; supple: pliable leather. 2. easily influenced or persuaded; yielding: the pliable mind of youth. 3. adjusting readily to change; adaptable. [1425 75; late… …

    Universalium

  • 15 pliable — pli|a|ble [ˈplaıəbəl] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: plier; PLIERS] 1.) able to bend without breaking or cracking ▪ a shoe made of soft, pliable leather 2.) easily influenced and controlled by other people ▪ Senior officials would… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 pliable — adjective 1 easy to bend without breaking or cracking: The clay should be moistened regularly to keep it soft and pliable. 2 able and willing to change and accept new ideas and ways of doing things; adaptable: The committee would benefit from… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 pliable — adjective 1) leather is pliable Syn: flexible, pliant, bendable, elastic, supple, malleable, workable, plastic, springy, ductile; informal bendy See note at flexible Ant …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 pliable — adjective soft, flexible, easily bent, formed, shaped, or molded You will find the clay perfectly pliable as long as it stays fairly moist. See Also: pliability, pliancy, pliant, ply …

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  • 19 pliable — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. plastic, ductile, malleable; flexible, supple, limber, yielding; docile, tractable, obedient, compliant. See softness, obedience. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Flexible] Syn. flexible, pliant, plastic …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 pliable — adj., flexible, pliant, qui se tord facilement, (ep. d une tige de paille, de noisetier..., pour faire des torons, des liens...) : k se mâlye byê (Albanais.001). A1) pliable, qui se plie, dont on rabat une partie contre l autre, (ep. d un siège,… …

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