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Definition of "pliant" [pli•ant]

  • Easily bent or flexed; pliable. See Synonyms at malleable. (adjective)
  • Easily altered or modified to fit conditions; adaptable. (adjective)
  • Yielding readily to influence or domination; compliant. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pliant" in a sentence
  • "Mann congratulated himself on having articulated the notion of pliant time in an early draft of his great novel, even before Einstein expanded the theory in 1916."
  • "Its road show, he says, was pitched to believers, and the media in China is largely pliant, meaning the company has rarely faced tough questions."
  • "We do not know what the word here translated "pliant" [Greek: streptos] means, and"