Malleability is the quality of something that can be shaped into something else without breaking, like the malleability of clay.

Malleability — also called plasticity — has to do with whether something can be molded. Clay (or Play-Doh) is the best example of something with high malleability; it can be sculpted into almost anything, so it's very malleable. A cinder block has no malleability at all; it can't be shaped into anything. Wet cement has great malleability, unlike dry cement. A person could also express malleability, if he or she is wishy-washy and can easily be molded by others.

Definitions of malleability

n the property of being physically malleable; the property of something that can be worked or hammered or shaped without breaking

a lack of malleability
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ductileness, ductility
the malleability of something that can be drawn into threads or wires or hammered into thin sheets
flexibility, flexibleness
the property of being flexible; easily bent or shaped
bendability, pliability
the property of being easily bent without breaking
(golf) the flexibility of the shaft of a golf club
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physical property
any property used to characterize matter and energy and their interactions

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