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Pliant meaning

pliant - 4 dictionary results

  1. 1. The quality or state of being pliant in sense; as, the pliancy of a rod.
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. Favorable to pliancy.
  4. 4. Flexible; yielding.

pliant - examples of usage

  1. But just as Lionel, far more excited than the fisher- maiden herself, was wondering what was going to happen next, the whole situation of affairs was reversed in a twinkling; the salmon suddenly turned and dashed away down- stream until it was right at the end of the pool, and there, in deep water on the other side, it resumed its determined tugging, so that the pliant top of the rod was shaken as if by a human hand. - "Prince Fortunatus", William Black.
  2. And it is among the young and pliant minds, while they fancy themselves most secure, that we most easily work our way. - "The Prime Minister", W.H.G. Kingston.
  3. The plants are tough, pliant when fresh, and dry. - "Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc.", George Francis Atkinson.
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