A child softening clay.
A lump of clay is an example of something that would be described as pliant.
- easily bent; pliable
- adaptable or compliant
Origin of pliantMiddle English plyande from MFr, present participle of plier: see pliable
- Easily bent or flexed; pliable. See Synonyms at malleable.
- Easily altered or modified to fit conditions; adaptable: a pliant poetic form.
- Yielding readily to influence or domination; compliant: a pliant colonial regime.
Origin of pliantMiddle English from Old French present participle of plier to fold, bend from Latin plicāre ; see plek- in Indo-European roots.
- pli′an·cy pli′ant·ness
(comparative more pliant, superlative most pliant)
From Old French pliant.