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pliant (adj.)

late 14c., pliaunt, "capable of being easily bent, flexible, supple," from Old French ploiant "bending, supple; compliant, fickle," as a noun, "turncoat" (13c.), present participle of ploier "to bend," from Latin plicare "to fold, lay" (from PIE root *plek- "to plait"). Figurative sense of "readily influenced (for good or ill), easily persuaded" is from c. 1400. Related: Pliancy.

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Definitions of pliant from WordNet

pliant (adj.)
capable of being influenced or formed;
a pliant nature
Synonyms: plastic
pliant (adj.)
capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out;
pliant molten glass
Synonyms: ductile / malleable / pliable / tensile / tractile
pliant (adj.)
able to adjust readily to different conditions;
Synonyms: elastic / flexible / pliable
pliant (adj.)
capable of being bent or flexed or twisted without breaking;
a pliant young tree
Synonyms: bendable / pliable / waxy
From wordnet.princeton.edu