Pli"ant (?), a. [F. pliant, p. pr. of plier to bend. See Ply, v.]

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.

[R.] "A pliant hour."

Shak.

-- Pli"ant*ly, adv. -- Pli"ant*ness, n.

 

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