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

     

    pliant

     adjective
    adjective
    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 Origin Middle English: from French, literally ‘bending’, present participle of plier.
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