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pliant

adjective uk   us   /ˈplaɪ.ənt/

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   us   /-ən.si/
pliantly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
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