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Definition of people:  easily influenced

of materials:  capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
  • The mind is malleable — especially while young.
malleable = capable of being shaped (or easily influenced)
  • We used gold because it is so malleable.
  • malleable = capable of being shaped
  • The guidelines are still being developed, still uncertain, still malleable.
  • Men are infinitely malleable.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • malleable = capable of being influenced or shaped
  • ...integrity, that, like most of his other endowments, lay in a somewhat heavy mass, and was just as unmalleable or unmanageable as a ton of iron ore;
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • unmalleable = incapable of being shaped
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unmalleable means not and reverses the meaning of malleable. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Accommodation, malleability, adjustment . . . those do seem to be in the order of things, don't they?
    Edward Albee  --  Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • malleability = to be easily influenced to fit in with surroundings
  • 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
  • malleable = easily influenced
  • 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
  • He is malleable and infinitely adaptable.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • 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
  • "I suppose he'd be awfully malleable," Jane said thoughtfully.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • 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
  • 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 truth is malleable; you just need to pick the right expert.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Its carapace appeared soft and malleable, unlike those of the more mature Ra'zac Eragon had encountered.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • And we should be wrong to object to that, since their nervous organization is much more malleable than ours.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Their youth made them the most malleable and the most responsive to Luma's strict discipline.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Whereas Clyde, if one were to judge by his looks, at least was much more malleable.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • But his mother has always confused youth with malleability.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • 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

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