Pliable means bendable but not breakable. Wax is pliable, good leather is pliable. If you describe a person as pliable, it usually means that he's easily influenced, like a nightclub owner who takes orders from a crime boss.

When Madame barks "Plier!" (rhymes with "okay") in ballet class, all the students obediently bend their knees into a graceful semi-crouch. Plier is French for bend and it's the root of the word pliable. The word pliable itself is quite pliable, an apt description for everything from building materials to a person's character.

Definitions of pliable

adj capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out

“they soaked the leather to made it pliable
ductile, malleable, pliant, tensile, tractile
having or given a form or shape

adj capable of being bent or flexed or twisted without breaking

bendable, pliant, waxy
flexible, flexile
able to flex; able to bend easily

adj able to adjust readily to different conditions

elastic, flexible, pliant
capable of adapting (of becoming or being made suitable) to a particular situation or use

adj susceptible to being led or directed

(often followed by `of' or `to') yielding readily to or capable of

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