To see details on the word
please enable javascript.

Go to New Version of This Page
This old version has not been updated since 2016,
but we're leaving it in case you prefer it.
Show What's New
Please update your links from the new version.
as in:  a pliable material

It is a pliable plastic.
  capable of being bent (or perhaps shaped) without breaking
 Mark word for later review on this computer
pliable pliability
Synonym Comparison:   Pliant and pliable can be used interchangeably, in this sense. Pliant is a better choice to describe something like a tennis shoe’s rubber sole that bends, but then returns to its original shape. Pliable is a better choice for a material like putty.
Web Links:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Dictionary -®
Dictionary/Synonyms - Google®
Dictionary List - OneLook®
  • It is a pliable plastic.
  • I need to climb as high as possible, but the branch I’m aiming for is short and looks pliable. I put my foot on it, testing its strength. It bends, but holds.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Your father, on the other hand, favored a mahogany wand. Eleven inches. Pliable. A little more power and excellent for transfiguration.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Then he tried the sinew again and found it pliable.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die

  • Show more
  • The soil was damp and pliable.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • They treat PVC with phthalates to make it more pliable.
  • Well, if they COULD not, it was not their fault: you cannot expect stone to be as pliable as clay.
    Anne Bronte  --  Agnes Grey
  • they soaked the leather to made it pliable
  • He appeared disposed to add more, but indignation choked his utterance, so he lifted up one of his very pliable legs, and, flourishing it above his head a little, to insure his aim, administered a good sound kick...
    Charles Dickens  --  The Posthumous Papers Of The Pickwick Club
Search for samples from other sources:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Interest -- Source
General -- Google News®
General -- Time® Magazine
General -- Twitter®
Associated words [difficulty]:   pliable [6] , compliance [1] , pliant [6] , pliant [6] , compliant [7] , compliant [7]
     If popups are enabled: Search in OneLook®   If Flash® is also enabled: Search in Visuwords®
Most commonly used in these subjects:   Fine Arts & Music, Medicine, Science
Home . . . enhancing vocabulary while reading