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PLIABLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pliable mean? 

PLIABLE (adjective)
  The adjective PLIABLE has 4 senses:

1. susceptible to being led or directed
2. capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
3. able to adjust readily to different conditions
4. capable of being bent or flexed or twisted without breaking

  Familiarity information: PLIABLE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PLIABLE (adjective)


Sense 1pliable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Susceptible to being led or directed

Synonyms:

pliable; fictile

Context example:

fictile masses of people ripe for propaganda

Similar:

susceptible ((often followed by 'of' or 'to') yielding readily to or capable of)


Sense 2pliable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out

Synonyms:

tractile; tensile; pliant; pliable; malleable; ductile

Context examples:

ductile copper / malleable metals such as gold / they soaked the leather to made it pliable / pliant molten glass / made of highly tensile steel alloy

Similar:

formed (having or given a form or shape)


Sense 3pliable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Able to adjust readily to different conditions

Synonyms:

elastic; pliant; pliable; flexible

Context examples:

an adaptable person / a flexible personality / an elastic clause in a contract

Similar:

adaptable (capable of adapting (of becoming or being made suitable) to a particular situation or use)


Sense 4pliable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Capable of being bent or flexed or twisted without breaking

Synonyms:

bendable; pliable; pliant

Context examples:

a flexible wire / a pliant young tree

Similar:

flexible; flexile (able to flex; able to bend easily)


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