Pliable Pli"a*ble, a. [F., fr. plier to bend, to fold. See {Ply}, v.] 1. Capable of being plied, turned, or bent; easy to be bent; flexible; pliant; supple; limber; yielding; as, willow is a pliable plant. [1913 Webster]

2. Flexible in disposition; readily yielding to influence, arguments, persuasion, or discipline; easy to be persuaded; -- sometimes in a bad sense; as, a pliable youth. ``Pliable she promised to be.'' --Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster] -- {Pli"a*ble*ness}, n. -- {Pli"a*bly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

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