Definition of pliant adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈplaɪənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈplaɪənt//
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  1. 1(of a person or their body) soft and giving way to somebody, especially in a sexual way her pliant body She lay pliant in his arms.
  2. 2(sometimes disapproving) willing to accept change; easy to influence or control He was deposed and replaced by a more pliant successor. The government wanted to make the press more pliant.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from French, literally ‘bending’, present participle of plier.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pliant