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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.
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|Noun||1.||pliantness - the property of being pliant and flexible|
|2.||pliantness - 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