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PLIANT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pliant mean? 

PLIANT (adjective)
  The adjective PLIANT has 4 senses:

1. capable of being influenced or formed
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: PLIANT used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PLIANT (adjective)


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Meaning:

Capable of being influenced or formed

Synonyms:

pliant; plastic

Context examples:

the plastic minds of children / a pliant nature

Similar:

impressible; impressionable (easily impressed or influenced)


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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)


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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)


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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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