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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
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Looking wonderful in Ingeborg Bernerth's handsome costumes, she was every inch the grand tragedienne, stellar of presence and pliantly poetic of plastique.
And once the decisions were reached by the top leaders, these were foisted on central committee/politburo, who then pliantly approved of it without any serious discussions within the party apparatus.
Despite Oliver's admission that "the symbolism [of the story] does not always yield pliantly to the demands of the narrative" (204), critics continue to further this notion.