pliant

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French ploiant[1], present participle of ploiier (to fold).

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pliant (comparative more pliant, superlative most pliant)

  1. Capable of plying or bending; readily yielding to force or pressure without breaking
    • 1917, The National Geographic Magazine April 1917, The Warblers of North America
      Whether in its northern or southern home, the black-throated blue warbler builds its nest of bark, roots, and other pliant material, loose and rather bulky, in a variety of saplings, bushes, and weeds, but always a few inches or a few feet from the ground.
    Synonyms: flexible, pliable, lithe, limber, plastic
    a pliant thread  pliant wax
  2. (figuratively) Easily influenced; tractable.

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  1. ^ pliant” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.

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Verb[edit]

pliant

  1. present participle of plier

Adjective[edit]

pliant (feminine singular pliante, masculine plural pliants, feminine plural pliantes)

  1. pliant
    Sa mère a acheté un vélo pliant. - His mother bought a folding bicycle.

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