Definition of pliant:
- Capable of plying or bending; readily yielding to force or pressure without breaking; flexible; pliable; lithe; limber; plastic; as, a pliant thread; pliant wax. Also used figuratively: Easily influenced for good or evil; tractable; as, a pliant heart.
- Favorable to pliancy.
- The quality or state of being pliant in sense; as, the pliancy of a rod.
flexile, malleable, compromising, plastic, elastic, adjustable, waxy, waxen, fictile, adaptable, impressible, whippy, bendable, ductile, workable, tractile, bendable, obedient, suggestible, change, waxlike, conciliatory, adaptive, docile, manageable, formative, flexuous, flexible, tensile, teachable, shaping, impressionable, moldable, pliable.
- elastic (part of speech: adjective)
- soft (part of speech: adjective)
- willing (part of speech: adjective)
- fickle (part of speech: adjective)
- "Popular Adventure Tales", Mayne Reid.
- "'A Comedy of Errors' in Seven Acts", Spokeshave (AKA Old Fogy).
It is therefore probable that they often cause great alterations in the arrangement of pliant and incoherent strata forming the upper part of shoals or submerged banks, the inferior portions of the same remaining unmoved.- "The Antiquity of Man", Charles Lyell.