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From Biology-Online Dictionary
1. Capable of being plied, turned, or bent; easy to be bent; flexible; pliant; supple; limber; yielding; as, willow is a pliable plant.
2. Flexible in disposition; readily yielding to influence, arguments, persuasion, or discipline; easy to be persuaded; sometimes in a bad sense; as, a pliable youth. Pliable she promised to be. Pliableness, Pliably.
Origin: F, fr. Plier to bend, to fold. See Ply.