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as in:  a pliant material

a pliant young tree
  capable of being bent (or perhaps shaped) without breaking
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pliant pliancy
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.
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  • a pliant young tree
  • So that the sentences are pliant as branches and can be read in more ways than one.
    Sandra Cisneros  --  The House on Mango Street
  • pliant molten glass
  • The pliant, persuasive body, the dancer, whose symbol and epitome is the self-enjoying soul.
    Nietzsche, Friedrich  --  Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book For All And None

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  • Her brain darted up and down; it grew pliant and strong.
    Forster, E. M.  --  Howards End
  • Suddenly darting on each other, they closed, and came to the earth, twisted together like twining serpents, in pliant and subtle folds.
    Cooper, James Fenimore  --  The Last of The Mohicans
  • She seemed so much softer, so much more pliant, and tender, and lissome.
    London, Jack  --  Burning Daylight
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Associated words [difficulty]:   pliant [6] , compliance [1] , pliable [6] , pliable [6] , compliant [7] , compliant [7]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Fine Arts & Music, Classic Literature, Science
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