Pliable synonyms and antonyms

plī'ə-bəl

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Made of a plastic or plastics:
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Capable of being changed or adjusted to meet particular or varied needs:
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Not easily bent; stiff or rigid.
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(metaphorical) Flexible, liable to change.
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Submissive; obedient
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Harsh or severe:
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(Figuratively) Easily influenced for good or evil; tractable; as, a pliant heart.
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Not pliant.
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Able to bend the body easily; supple; lithe
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Adaptable to changing circumstances:
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Able to spring back to its original size, shape, or position after being stretched, squeezed, flexed, expanded, etc.; flexible; springy
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Flexible
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Able to be bent or flexed or twisted without breaking.
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Capable of functioning.
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Capable of being shaped; malleable.
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Ready and willing to be taught; teachable.
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(--- Medicine) Properly following a prescribed course of treatment:
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Easily persuaded, convinced or manipulated
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Ready or willing to receive favorably:
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The definition of adaptable is someone or something that can be conformed to fit different situations.
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Resting satisfied or submissive; disposed tacitly to submit; assentive; as, an acquiescent policy.
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That can be managed; controllable, tractable, contrivable, etc.
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Capable of receiving an impression:
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Unsure of how to act or proceed; undecided.
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Tractable
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Willing to comply with the commands, orders, or instructions of those in authority.
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(Rare) Led easily; prone to follow.
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Free from worry, anxiety, trouble, or pain:
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Acting, working, or done easily, or in a quick, smooth way; fluent; ready
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Flexible; pliant; mobile
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Readily bent; supple:
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Lithe; lissome.
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Alternative spelling of mouldable.
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Able to receive and respond to external stimuli.
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Easy to digest because free from roughage
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Used for or sensitive to touch.
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Capable of being implied.
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Difficult to mold or manipulate:
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Severe; strict; exacting
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Not adaptable.
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Not pliable.
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Not willing to change or be persuaded; resolute:
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Winding or wavering
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Able to adapt
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Readily influenced by suggestion:
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Capable of adapting or being adapted
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(Med.) Designating, of, or characterized by degeneration resulting from the deposit of an insoluble, waxlike substance in an organ
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Capable of being stretched or extended; ductile.
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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.
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Formed of a moldable substance, such as clay or earth.
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Synonym Study

  • 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
Find another word for pliable. In this page you can discover 56 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for pliable, like: plastic, flexible, inflexible, malleable, yielding, unbendable, stiff, pliant, unpliant, limber and supple.