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English definition of “pliant”

pliant

adjective uk   /ˈplaɪ.ənt/ us  

pliant adjective (PERSON)

Pliant people are easily influenced or controlled by other people: I don't think it's a good thing for children to be too pliant. being able and willing to accept change or new ideas: The management has adopted a more pliant position, and has agreed to listen to the staff's requests.

pliant adjective (SUBSTANCE)

able to bend easily without breaking: These toys are made of pliant rubber, so they won't break.
pliancy
noun [U] uk   /-ən.si/ us  
pliantly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
(Definition of pliant from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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