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 (dŭk′təl, -tīl′)
1. Easily drawn into wire or hammered thin: ductile metals.
2. Easily molded or shaped. See Synonyms at malleable.
3. Capable of being readily persuaded or influenced; tractable: a ductile young mind.

[Middle English ductil, from Old French, from Latin ductilis, from ductus, past participle of dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.]

duc·til′i·ty (-tĭl′ĭ-tē), duc′ti·li·bil′i·ty (-lə-bĭl′ĭ-tē) n.
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Noun1.ductility - the malleability of something that can be drawn into threads or wires or hammered into thin sheets
malleability, plasticity - the property of being physically malleable; the property of something that can be worked or hammered or shaped without breaking


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