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English definition of “pliant”


adjective (SUBSTANCE)    /ˈplaɪ.ənt/
able to bend easily without breaking: These toys are made of pliant rubber, so they won't break.Flexible, loose and yielding pliancy     /-ə noun [U] Flexible, loose and yielding
(Definition of pliant adjective (SUBSTANCE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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