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. "A pliant hour." Pli"antly, Pli"antness.

Origin: F. Pliant, p. Pr. Of plier to bend. See Ply.

(01 Mar 1998)

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