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Pliable vs. Supple

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Pliableadjective

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

‘You will find the clay perfectly pliable as long as it stays moist.’;

Suppleadjective

pliant, flexible, easy to bend

Pliableadjective

Easily persuaded; yielding to influence.

Suppleadjective

lithe and agile when moving and bending

‘supple joints; supple fingers’;

Pliableadjective

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

Suppleadjective

compliant; yielding to the will of others

‘a supple horse’;

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Pliableadjective

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

Suppleverb

(ambitransitive) To make or become supple.

Pliableadjective

susceptible to being led or directed;

‘fictile masses of people ripe for propaganda’;

Suppleverb

(transitive) To make compliant, submissive, or obedient.

Pliableadjective

able to adjust readily to different conditions;

‘an adaptable person’; ‘a flexible personality’; ‘an elastic clause in a contract’;

Suppleadjective

Pliant; flexible; easily bent; as, supple joints; supple fingers.

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Pliableadjective

capable of being bent or flexed or twisted without breaking;

‘a flexible wire’; ‘a pliant young tree’;

Suppleadjective

Yielding compliant; not obstinate; submissive to guidance; as, a supple horse.

‘If punishment . . . makes not the will supple, it hardens the offender.’;

Pliableadjective

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’;

Suppleadjective

Bending to the humor of others; flattering; fawning; obsequious.

Suppleverb

To make soft and pliant; to render flexible; as, to supple leather.

‘The flesh therewith she suppled and did steep.’;

Suppleverb

To make compliant, submissive, or obedient.

‘A mother persisting till she had bent her daughter's mind and suppled her will.’; ‘They should supple our stiff willfulness.’;

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Suppleverb

To become soft and pliant.

‘The stones . . . Suppled into softness as they fell.’;

Suppleverb

make pliant and flexible;

‘These boots are not yet suppled by frequent use’;

Suppleadjective

gracefully slender; moving and bending with ease

Suppleadjective

(used of e.g. personality traits) readily adaptable;

‘a supple mind’; ‘a limber imagination’;

Suppleadjective

(used of persons' bodies) capable of moving or bending freely

Suppleadjective

bending and moving easily and gracefully; flexible

‘my mind is becoming more supple’; ‘her supple fingers’;

Suppleadjective

not stiff or hard; easily manipulated

‘this body oil leaves your skin feeling deliciously supple’;

Suppleverb

make more flexible.

Supple

Supple is a surname. Notable people with the surname include: Barry Supple (born 1930), English academic John Supple (c.

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