pliability

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pliability adaptability of mind or character "he was valued for his reliability and pliability","he increased the leanness and suppleness of the organization"
    • n pliability the property of being easily bent without breaking
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pliability The quality or state of being pliable; flexibility; as, pliability of disposition. "Pliability of movement."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pliability The quality of being pliable; flexibility; pliableness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Pliability quality of being pliable or flexible
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Quotations

  • Bruce Lee
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    “All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. pliable—L. plicāre, to fold.

Usage

In literature:

I feel the pliability of my organs plainly as soon as I sing higher.
"How to Sing" by Lilli Lehmann
But we owe no less to Mrs Piper, who has lent herself to the investigations with perfect good faith and pliability.
"Mrs. Piper & the Society for Psychical Research" by Michael Sage
It should be cited as an evidence of the compactness, the pliability, the sweetness of the English tongue.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 118, August, 1887" by Various
She studied the whip and tested its hissing pliability.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
There is no more pliability in her with regard to Asbury than there is in a steel rod.
"The Love Affairs of an Old Maid" by Lilian Bell
Bend it to show its pliability.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management" by Ministry of Education
The clothes of men and women were made of the soft inner shucks, dried carefully to the pliability of silk.
"When Grandmamma Was New" by Marion Harland
Humor, Pliability, Imitation, Admiration, Spirituality, Marvelousness, Ideality.
"Buchanan's Journal of Man, March 1887" by Various
When dried the leather should always be treated with dressing to restore its pliability.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
If I fail, recollect that he is not proverbial for pliability.
"Macaria" by Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
The man had the tenacity of a Bruce or a Columbus, with a pliability that was all his own.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 3 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Stiffness is the ability to resist bending, and hence is the opposite of pliability or flexibility.
"Wood and Forest" by William Noyes
But for once Mr. Harborough's love of sport exceeds his pliability.
"Doctor Cupid" by Rhoda Broughton
Such thread is covered with tin foil for embroidery, its pliability rendering it peculiarly fit for the purpose.
"Lachesis Lapponica" by Carl von Linné
It is indescribable what pliability of all ideas is thereby communicated to children's minds.
"The Invisible Lodge" by Jean Paul
His pliability endeared him to his master, whose lasting affection he earned.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 2" by Various
This substance is undoubtedly designed not only to nourish the hair, but to give it richness and pliability.
"Sheep, Swine, and Poultry" by Robert Jennings
The extent of positive curvature also depends on the pliability of the organ.
"Life Movements in Plants, Volume II, 1919" by Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
The metal band was pliable, light, and for all its pliability and lightness, incredibly hard.
"The Onslaught from Rigel" by Fletcher Pratt
What is required is a leather of maximum toughness, pliability and durability.
"Animal Proteins" by Hugh Garner Bennett
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