pliant

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From Old French ploiant, 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; flexible; pliable; lithe; limber; plastic
    • 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.
    a pliant thread
    pliant wax
  2. (figuratively) Easily influenced for good or evil; tractable
    • 2013, A. J. Langguth, Patriots
      "[The king] had a pliant prime minister and a general who was telling him what he wanted to hear."
    • c. 1849, William Gilmore Simms, The Brooklet
      Yet there was pleasant sadness that became
      Meetly the gentle heart and pliant sense,
      In that same idlesse - gazing on that brook

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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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