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pliant

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1  —as in:
a pliant individual
Definition able to adjust readily to different conditions

or less commonly:

susceptible to being led or directed
  • He has a pliant nature.
pliant = able to adjust readily to different conditions
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • In his despair and fatigue, he was pliant. He let me hold his hand and draw his head down onto my shoulder.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • pliant = agreeable, or easily influenced
  • When my mother went to her sisters, they followed and established dominion over all our pliant cousins, hypnotized like minnows before the pike's mouth.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • pliant = easily influenced
  •   "Two days' delay," I said. "And three things within them."
      He nodded eagerly. "Anything." Now that I had lost, he was pliant. At least he was gracious in victory.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • pliant = agreeable, or easily influenced
  • The manner of this gentleman was distinguished by a pliant grace and courtesy unknown to the present generation.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  Man And Wife
  • I grew pliant as a reed under his kindness.
    Bronte, Charlotte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Her heart must be just as soft, her temper just as free from angles, her character just as pliant.
    Eliot, George  --  Adam Bede
  • "By force of reason too," returned the pliant secretary.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Barnaby Rudge - A Tale Of The Riots Of 'Eighty

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2  —as in:
a pliant material
Definition capable of being bent (or perhaps shaped) without breaking
  • a pliant young tree
pliant = capable of being bent (or perhaps shaped) without breaking
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • 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 = capable of being bent (or perhaps shaped) without breaking
  • Here the roots and stems of creepers were in such tangles that the boys had to thread through them like pliant needles.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • pliant = bendable
  • 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
  • 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
  • Her brain darted up and down; it grew pliant and strong.
    Forster, E. M.  --  Howards End

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