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a.1.Disposed to yield or comply.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Hence, small structures should not only have certain support resistance but also have the certain yieldable capacity to release the stress concentration.
Ozbay, "In-situ pull testing of a yieldable rock bolt, ROOFEX," in Controlling Seismic Hazard and Sustainable Development of Deep Mines, C.