1. Easily bent or flexed; pliable. See Synonyms at malleable.
2. Easily altered or modified to fit conditions; adaptable: a pliant poetic form.
3. Yielding readily to influence or domination; compliant: a pliant colonial regime.
[Middle English, from Old French, present participle of plier, to fold, bend, from Latin plicāre; see plek- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
plian·cy, pliant·ness n.
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