pliant


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Acronyms.

pli·ant

 (plī′ənt)
adj.
1. Easily bent or flexed; pliable. See Synonyms at malleable.
2. Easily altered or modified to fit conditions; adaptable: a pliant poetic form.
3. Yielding readily to influence or domination; compliant: a pliant colonial regime.

[Middle English, from Old French, present participle of plier, to fold, bend, from Latin plicāre; see plek- in Indo-European roots.]

pli′an·cy, pli′ant·ness n.
pli′ant·ly adv.

pliant

(ˈplaɪənt)
adj
1. easily bent; supple: a pliant young tree.
2. easily modified; adaptable; flexible: a pliant system.
3. yielding readily to influence; compliant
[C14: from Old French, from plier to fold, bend; see ply2]
ˈpliancy, ˈpliantness n
ˈpliantly adv

pli•ant

(ˈplaɪ ənt)

adj.
1. pliable.
2. having a variety of uses; adaptable.
[1300–50; Middle English < Old French, present participle of plier to bend (see ply2); see -ant]
pli′an•cy, pli′ant•ness, n.
pli′ant•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pliant - capable of being influenced or formed; "the plastic minds of children"; "a pliant nature"
impressible, impressionable, waxy - easily impressed or influenced; "an impressionable youngster"; "an impressionable age"; "a waxy mind"
2.pliant - capable of being shaped or bent or drawn outpliant - capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out; "ductile copper"; "malleable metals such as gold"; "they soaked the leather to made it pliable"; "pliant molten glass"; "made of highly tensile steel alloy"
formed - having or given a form or shape
3.pliant - able to adjust readily to different conditions; "an adaptable person"; "a flexible personality"; "an elastic clause in a contract"
adaptable - capable of adapting (of becoming or being made suitable) to a particular situation or use; "to succeed one must be adaptable"; "the frame was adaptable to cloth bolts of different widths"
4.pliant - capable of being bent or flexed or twisted without breakingpliant - capable of being bent or flexed or twisted without breaking; "a flexible wire"; "a pliant young tree"
flexile, flexible - able to flex; able to bend easily; "slim flexible birches"

pliant

adjective
2. flexible, plastic, supple, lithe, pliable, tensile, bendy, ductile, bendable pliant young willows

pliant

adjective
1. Capable of being shaped, bent, or drawn out, as by hammering or pressure:
2. Capable of adapting or being adapted:
Translations

pliant

[ˈplaɪənt] ADJ (fig) → dócil, flexible

pliant

[ˈplaɪənt] adj
(= easily influenced) [person] → docile
(= easily bent) [stem, branches] → flexible
References in classic literature ?
Suddenly darting on each other, they closed, and came to the earth, twisted together like twining serpents, in pliant and subtle folds.
The connections of the several sections of the raft are slack and pliant, so that the raft may be readily bent into any sort of curve required by the shape of the river.
Presently he picked up a straw and began trying to balance it on his nose, with his head tilted far back; and as he moved from side to side, in his efforts, he edged nearer and nearer toward the pansy; finally his bare foot rested upon it, his pliant toes closed upon it, and he hopped away with the treasure and disappeared round the corner.
John's wrath: I grew pliant as a reed under his kindness.
I knew as well, when I saw my mother's head lean down upon his shoulder, and her arm touch his neck - I knew as well that he could mould her pliant nature into any form he chose, as I know, now, that he did it.
A movement of compunction, helped by those small indefinable influences which every personal relation exerts on a pliant nature, had urged him into a secret marriage, which was a blight on his life.
See yonder, where the white horse gleams His fetlocks deep in pliant grass.
cried he, striking a light hammer with a pliant handle on a small gong.
But as in carrying them into effect they become revealed and known, they are at once obstructed by those men whom he has around him, and he, being pliant, is diverted from them.
Her heart must be just as soft, her temper just as free from angles, her character just as pliant.
At that time, I was not: I used to rise each morning eager to shake off his yoke, and go out with my portmanteau under my arm, if a beggar, at least a freeman; and in the evening, when I came back from the pensionnat de demoiselles, a certain pleasant voice in my ear; a certain face, so intelligent, yet so docile, so reflective, yet so soft, in my eyes; a certain cast of character, at once proud and pliant, sensitive and sagacious, serious and ardent, in my head; a certain tone of feeling, fervid and modest, refined and practical, pure and powerful, delighting and troubling my memory--visions of new ties I longed to contract, of new duties I longed to undertake, had taken the rover and the rebel out of me, and had shown endurance of my hated lot in the light of a Spartan virtue.
Her free pliant figure was the very perfection of female grace and beauty.