Part of speech:
Not easily bent; stiff or rigid.
Capable of being changed or adjusted to meet particular or varied needs:
Made of a plastic or plastics:
Capable of adapting or of being adapted.
Able to bend the body easily; supple; lithe
Adaptable to changing circumstances:
Able to spring back to its original size, shape, or position after being stretched, squeezed, flexed, expanded, etc.; flexible; springy
Ready and willing to be taught; teachable.
(--- Medicine) Properly following a prescribed course of treatment:
Easily persuaded, convinced or manipulated
Ready or willing to receive favorably:
That can be managed; controllable, tractable, contrivable, etc.
Capable of receiving an impression:
Unsure of how to act or proceed; undecided.
Free from worry, anxiety, trouble, or pain:
Acting, working, or done easily, or in a quick, smooth way; fluent; ready
Flexible; pliant; mobile
Readily bent; supple:
Easy to digest because free from roughage
Used for or sensitive to touch.
Difficult to mold or manipulate:
Scrupulously or severely maintained or performed; rigorous or harsh:
Harsh or severe:
Not willing to change or be persuaded; resolute:
Winding or wavering
Able to adapt
Readily influenced by suggestion:
Capable of adapting or being adapted
(Med.) Designating, of, or characterized by degeneration resulting from the deposit of an insoluble, waxlike substance in an organ
Capable of being stretched or extended; ductile.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Formed of a moldable substance, such as clay or earth.
- at a malleable age
- Malleable is used of that which can be hammered, beaten, or pressed into various forms and figuratively suggests a readiness to be trained, changed, molded, etc. copper is malleable as well as ductile
- Ductile applies to that which can be finely drawn or stretched out, as copper, and figuratively suggests being easily led
- Plastic is used of substances, such as plaster or clay, that can be molded into various forms which are retained upon hardening, and figuratively suggests an impressionable quality
- Pliable and pliant both imply a capability of being easily bent, suggesting the suppleness of a wooden switch and, figuratively, a yielding nature or adaptability
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