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Flexible vs. Pliable

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  • Flexible (adjective)

    Capable of being flexed or bent without breaking; able to be turned or twisted without breaking.

    "pliable"

    "stiff|brittle|inflexible"

    "When the splitting wind Makes flexible the knees of knotted oaks. -William Shakespeare"

  • Flexible (adjective)

    Willing or prone to give way to the influence of others; not invincibly rigid or obstinate.

    "tractable|manageable|ductile"

    "Phocion was a man of great severity, and no ways flexible to the will of the people. - Francis Bacon."

    "Women are soft, mild, pitiful, and flexible. - William Shakespeare"

  • Flexible (adjective)

    Capable or being adapted or molded in some way.

    "plastic|malleable"

    "a flexible language"

    "This was a principle more flexible to their purpose. -Rogers."

  • Flexible (noun)

    Something that is flexible.

  • Pliable (adjective)

    Soft, flexible, easily bent, formed, shaped, or molded.

    "You will find the clay perfectly pliable as long as it stays moist."

  • Pliable (adjective)

    Easily persuaded; yielding to influence.

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Oxford Dictionary
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  • Flexible (adjective)

    Capable of being flexed or bent; admitting of being turned, bowed, or twisted, without breaking; pliable; yielding to pressure; not stiff or brittle.

  • Flexible (adjective)

    Willing or ready to yield to the influence of others; not invincibly rigid or obstinate; tractable; manageable; ductile; easy and compliant; wavering.

  • Flexible (adjective)

    Capable or being adapted or molded; plastic,; as, a flexible language.

  • Pliable (adjective)

    Capable of being plied, turned, or bent; easy to be bent; flexible; pliant; supple; limber; yielding; as, willow is a pliable plant.

  • Pliable (adjective)

    Flexible in disposition; readily yielding to influence, arguments, persuasion, or discipline; easy to be persuaded; - sometimes in a bad sense; as, a pliable youth.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Flexible (adjective)

    extended meanings; capable of change;

    "a flexible character"

    "flexible schedules"

  • Flexible (adjective)

    able to flex; able to bend easily;

    "slim flexible birches"

  • Flexible (adjective)

    able to adjust readily to different conditions;

    "an adaptable person"

    "a flexible personality"

    "an elastic clause in a contract"

  • Flexible (adjective)

    bending and snapping back readily without breaking

  • Flexible (adjective)

    making or willing to make concessions;

    "loneliness tore through him...whenever he thought of...even the compromising Louis du Tillet"

  • Pliable (adjective)

    susceptible to being led or directed;

    "fictile masses of people ripe for propaganda"

  • Pliable (adjective)

    able to adjust readily to different conditions;

    "an adaptable person"

    "a flexible personality"

    "an elastic clause in a contract"

  • Pliable (adjective)

    capable of being bent or flexed or twisted without breaking;

    "a flexible wire"

    "a pliant young tree"

  • Pliable (adjective)

    capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out;

    "ductile copper"

    "malleable metals such as gold"

    "they soaked the leather to made it pliable"

    "pliant molten glass"

    "made of highly tensile steel alloy"

Princeton's WordNet

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