The definition of pliant is something pliable or that can be molded and shaped.(adjective)
A lump of clay is an example of something that would be described as pliant.
See pliant in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME plyande < MFr, prp. of plier: see pliable
See pliant in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , present participle of plier, to fold, bend
Origin: , from Latin plicāre; see plek- in Indo-European roots.
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