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1. Capable of plying or bending; readily yielding to force or pressure without breaking; flexible; pliable; lithe; limber; plastic; as, a pliant thread; pliant wax. Also used figuratively: Easily influenced for good or evil; tractable; as, a pliant heart. The will was then ductile and pliant to right reason. (south)

2. Favorable to pliancy. A pliant hour. Pliantly, Pliantness.

Origin: F. Pliant, p. Pr. Of plier to bend. See Ply.