If you can bend or shape a substance, especially if it's made of metal, it is ductile. If they can stretch a metal into a thin wire, scientists consider it to be ductile.

If you agree with what everyone else does or says, you too might be ductile, or easily manipulated. Some more commonly used synonyms for ductile are malleable, for both senses of the word, and pliable or flexible, for the literal sense. The word shares the same root as the word duke. If you are a duke, you probably hope your people are ductile, or easy to lead.

Definitions of ductile

adj capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out

ductile copper”
malleable, pliable, pliant, tensile, tractile
having or given a form or shape

adj easily influenced

manipulable, tractable
easily managed (controlled or taught or molded)

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