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Related to pliancy: pliability


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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pliancy - the property of being pliant and flexible
bendability, pliability - the property of being easily bent without breaking
2.pliancy - adaptability of mind or character; "he was valued for his reliability and pliability"; "he increased the leanness and suppleness of the organization"
adaptability - the ability to change (or be changed) to fit changed circumstances


References in classic literature ?
Jane, you please me, and you master me- -you seem to submit, and I like the sense of pliancy you impart; and while I am twining the soft, silken skein round my finger, it sends a thrill up my arm to my heart.
I fear that he will think ill of my pliancy or lightness, not considering the irresistible influence he brought to bear upon me.
There are some who would be inclined to regard the servile pliancy of the Executive to a prevailing current, either in the community or in the legislature, as its best recommendation.
Nor was her pliancy in the end effected by a less motive, than the fear of being chargeable with protracting the public calamities, and endangering the event of the contest.
Elizabeth listened in silence, but was not convinced; their behaviour at the assembly had not been calculated to please in general; and with more quickness of observation and less pliancy of temper than her sister, and with a judgement too unassailed by any attention to herself, she was very little disposed to approve them.
Thorn was a plain, straightforward sailor, who never had two minds nor two prices in his dealings, was deficient in patience and pliancy, and totally wanting in the chicanery of traffic.
He was to go up again by the late train, and had to count a little--a fact accepted by his hostess with the hard pliancy of practice--his present happy moments.
Yet he could not shake from his brain and vision the warm recollection of those bronze slippers, that clinging gown, and all the feminine softness and pliancy of Dede in her pretty Berkeley rooms.
From his credentials and political history, Paul Ryan is a younger, more charismatic edition of John Boehner, favored by the Washington establishment for his ideological pliancy and willingness to continue the seemingly never-ending era of unrestrained government growth.
Murphy, Ratmansky and Fullington all remark on the similarities to qualities in Frederick Ashton's choreography, especially the pliancy of the torso and the liveliness of the feet.
The pliancy of data inputs allows data of different types to be used in HSI models; however, applying a model parameterized with lower fidelity data limits the extent to which the model can be considered reliable.