- The definition of pliant is something pliable or that can be molded and shaped.
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 Middle French 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.