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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Pliant  \Pli"ant\,  a.  [F.  pliant,  p.  pr  of  plier  to  bend.  See 
  {Ply},  v.] 
  1.  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. 
  The  will  was  then  ductile  and  pliant  to  right 
  reason.  --South. 
  2.  Favorable  to  pliancy.  [R.]  ``A  pliant  hour.''  --Shak.  -- 
  {Pli"ant*ly},  adv  --  {Pli"ant*ness},  n. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  capable  of  being  influenced  or  formed;  "the  plastic  minds  of 
  children";  "a  pliant  nature"  [syn:  {plastic}] 
  2:  able  to  adjust  readily  to  different  conditions;  "an 
  adaptable  person";  "a  flexible  personality";  "an  elastic 
  clause  in  a  contract"  [syn:  {elastic},  {flexible},  {pliable}] 
  3:  capable  of  being  bent  or  flexed  or  twisted  without  breaking; 
  "a  flexible  wire";  "a  pliant  young  tree"  [syn:  {bendable}, 
  4:  capable  of  being  shaped  or  bent  or  drawn  out  "ductile 
  copper";  "malleable  metals  such  as  gold";  "they  soaked  the 
  leather  to  made  it  pliable";  "pliant  molten  glass";  "made 
  of  highly  tensile  steel  alloy"  [syn:  {ductile},  {malleable}, 
  {pliable},  {tensile},  {tractile}] 

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