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
  1. adjective
    capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
    ductile copper”
    synonyms: malleable, pliable, pliant, tensile, tractile
    having or given a form or shape
  2. adjective
    easily influenced
    synonyms: malleable
    manipulable, tractable
    easily managed (controlled or taught or molded)
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