A malleable metal is able to be pounded or pressed into various shapes, and a malleable personality is capable of being changed or trained. It's easier to learn when you're young and malleable.

Just as there are substances that are malleable, including clay and some metals, there are also ductile metals that can be hammered out into wire or thread; gold, silver, and platinum are examples. The adjective malleable dates back to Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin malleābilis, from malleāre, "to hammer."

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