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The mind is malleableespecially while young.
  of people:  easily influenced

of materials:  capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
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malleable malleability
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  • The mind is malleable — especially while young.
  • ...malleable metals such as gold.
  • The guidelines are still being developed, still uncertain, still malleable.
  • Accommodation, malleability, adjustment . . . those do seem to be in the order of things, don’t they?
    Edward Albee  --  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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  • "I suppose he’d be awfully malleable," Jane said thoughtfully.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • The truth is malleable; you just need to pick the right expert.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • He is malleable and infinitely adaptable.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Through the next several days I was subjected to something called "orientation" — a process which, so far as I could see, was designed to reduce me to a malleable state of hopeless depression.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Their youth made them the most malleable and the most responsive to Luma’s strict discipline.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Men are infinitely malleable.
    George Orwell  --  1984

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  • He’s too malleable.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • The characters of the narrative would not be warmed and rendered malleable by any heat that I could kindle at my intellectual forge.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • My mother’s face was wavering, soft and malleable—almost as soft and malleable as the image of her that floated on the sullied water in the sink.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • I saw another at work to calcine ice into gunpowder; who likewise showed me a treatise he had written concerning the malleability of fire, which he intended to publish.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • And we should be wrong to object to that, since their nervous organization is much more malleable than ours.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Pushing the bones of his hand out of their normal positions, he studied how they altered the play of light over his skin, fascinated by the malleability of his body.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • As a child I sat aloft in the second balcony of an old theatre in Illinois while a traveling company played Sancho Panza, and I remember the beautiful voice of the late Otis Skinner rising effortless, malleable and pure, or falling to a crystalline whisper, far off there below, in unhurried declamation, while the whole theatre sat spellbound by that human instrument alone.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The erasure of individuality would create malleability to discipline; repetitive actions would instill that automatic response for which the services strove.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Dan hypnotized them again and again until he had only to speak a few sentences, in the jargon of the hypnotist, snap his fingers, and they would fall into malleable trance.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • But his mother has always confused youth with malleability.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • At age six, bones are still mostly water and therefore malleable.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Her intentions in short had never been more definite; but poor Lily, for all the hard glaze of her exterior, was inwardly as malleable as wax.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Whereas Clyde, if one were to judge by his looks, at least was much more malleable.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Yet I’ve come to believe that while the past is unchangeable, our perceptions of it are malleable, and this is where the album comes in.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Wedding
  • It was as though instead of having been subtly slain and corrupted by the ruthless and bigoted man into something beyond his intending and her knowing, she had been hammered stubbornly thinner and thinner like some passive and dully malleable metal, into an attenuation of dumb hopes and frustrated desires now faint and pale as dead ashes.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • There it was again, drilled into the malleable mind of every student, pounding into the ears of my innocent daughter, the official policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, "Death to America!"
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • We did not receive a college education at the Institute, we received an indoctrination, and all our courses were designed to make us malleable, unimaginative, uninquisitive citizens of the republic, impregnable to ideas—or thought—unsanctioned by authority.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • …that mine did, but which sprang in quiet peace and contentment and ran in steady even though monotonous sunlight, where that which he bequeathed me sprang in hatred and outrage and unforgiving and ran in shadow what could I not mold of this malleable and eager clay which that father himself could not—to what shape of what good there might, must, be in that blood and none handy to take and mold that portion of it in me until too late or what moments when he might have told himself that…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Its carapace appeared soft and malleable, unlike those of the more mature Ra’zac Eragon had encountered.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • Why can’t the Americans see the Communists in their own backyards, in their universities, bending the malleable minds of the young?
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Their intelligence and malleability had made them a leading choice for search-and-rescue training and as guide dogs for the blind and handicapped.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • However, it was not until several years later and at a much further stage in their relationship that she took his malleable, easygoing character seriously in hand.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • It is obvious that he views the truth not as indelible fact, but rather as a malleable suggestion which can be twisted, manipulated, and shaped to fit his own needs or the needs of his clients.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • …personality ("personality"—one glance at him, and the word would not leave your mind; suddenly you knew what a personality was and the more you saw of him the more you were convinced that this was the only way a personality could look); and malleable youth felt crushed beneath the weight of this broad-shouldered, red-faced sixty-year-old, with white flames that encircled his head, painfully ragged lips, and a long, narrow beard that reached down to his high-buttoned, clerical-style…
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • There be full few, which that I woulde proffer To shewe them thus much of my science; For here shall ye see by experience That this quicksilver I will mortify,<13> Right in your sight anon withoute lie, And make it as good silver, and as fine, As there is any in your purse, or mine, Or elleswhere; and make it malleable, And elles holde me false and unable Amonge folk for ever to appear.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • She smiled as she spoke, letting her eyes rest on his in a way that took the edge from her banter and made him suddenly malleable to her will.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • My mother’s face was wavering, soft and malleable—almost as soft and malleable as the image of her that floated on the sullied water in the sink.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • The characters of the narrative would not be warmed and rendered malleable by any heat that I could kindle at my intellectual forge.
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  The Scarlet Letter
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Associated words [difficulty]:   malleable [6] , mallet [3]
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