pliant

The adjective pliant describes something that is capable of being bent. "The teenager showed off her pliant spine every time she draped herself over a piece of furniture. Why hanging upside down off the sofa didn't give her a headache, her mother would never know."

Pliant has both a literal and a figurative meaning. Pliant can describe something that is bendable — like a spine, a tree branch, a bendy straw — or it can describe something that is flexible, but less tangible. In this latter sense, pliant describes something that adjusts to conditions or is easily influenced: "In order to survive the recession, the company had to be pliant and adjust to the new economic conditions."

Definitions of pliant
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adj capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out

pliant molten glass”
Synonyms:
ductile, malleable, pliable, tensile, tractile
formed
having or given a form or shape

adj capable of being bent or flexed or twisted without breaking

“a pliant young tree”
Synonyms:
bendable, pliable, waxy
flexible, flexile
able to flex; able to bend easily

adj able to adjust readily to different conditions

Synonyms:
elastic, flexible, pliable
adaptable
capable of adapting (of becoming or being made suitable) to a particular situation or use

adj capable of being influenced or formed

“a pliant nature”
Synonyms:
plastic
impressible, impressionable, waxy
easily impressed or influenced