Definition of Pliability

1. Noun. The property of being easily bent without breaking.

Exact synonyms: Bendability
Generic synonyms: Flexibility, Flexibleness
Specialized synonyms: Pliancy, Pliantness, Suppleness
Derivative terms: Bendable, Pliable, Pliable



2. Noun. Adaptability of mind or character. "He increased the leanness and suppleness of the organization"
Exact synonyms: Pliancy, Pliantness, Suppleness
Generic synonyms: Adaptability
Derivative terms: Pliable, Pliant, Pliant, Pliant, Pliant, Supple

Definition of Pliability

1. n. The quality or state of being pliable; flexibility; as, pliability of disposition.

Definition of Pliability

1. Noun. The quality or state of being pliable; flexibility; pliableness. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pliability

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Medical Definition of Pliability

1. The quality or state of being able to be bent or creased repeatedly. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Pliability

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plexus venosus sacralis
plexus venosus suboccipitalis
plexus venosus uterinus
plexus venosus vertebralis
plexus venosus vesicalis
plexus vertebralis
plexus vesicalis
plexus vesicalis inferior
plexuses
pleyt
pleyts
pliabilities
pliability (current term)
pliable
pliableness
pliablenesses
pliably
pliancies
pliancy
pliant
pliantly
pliantness
pliantnesses
plica
plica aryepiglottica
plica axillaris
plica caecalis vascularis

Literary usage of Pliability

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Manual of Applied Mechanics by William John Macquorn Rankine (1904)
"... and twenty-one coefficients expressing different kinds of pliability. The word " pliability " is here used in an extended sense, to include liability to ..."

2. A Manual of Forestry by William Schlich (1908)
"pliability in wood from cue species of tree or part of a tree depends chiefly on specific weight; heavy wood is less pliable than light wood. ..."

3. A Manual of Machinery and Millwork by William John Macquorn Rankine, William J. Millar (1880)
"On the other hand, there are cases in which absolute precision of movement is unnecessary, and in which pliability is an advantage, as giving the power of ..."

4. A Mechanical Text-book: Or, Introduction to the Study of Mechanics by William John Macquorn Rankine, Edward Fisher Bamber (1900)
"Stiffness or Rigidity, pliability, their Moduli or Coefficients. — Rigidity or stiffness is the property which a solid body possesses of resisting forces ..."

5. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"The Japanese make their toothpicks from fine reeds, which they shave down to the thinness of paper, retaining the reed's strength and pliability. ..."

6. A Manual of Civil Engineering by William John Macquorn Rankine, William J. Millar (1907)
"This property, which may be called " Lateral pliability," exists to the greatest possible extent in perfect fluids, whose parts yield laterally to the ..."

7. A Manual of Applied Mechanics by William John Macquorn Rankine (1904)
"... and twenty-one coefficients expressing different kinds of pliability. The word " pliability " is here used in an extended sense, to include liability to ..."

8. A Manual of Forestry by William Schlich (1908)
"pliability in wood from cue species of tree or part of a tree depends chiefly on specific weight; heavy wood is less pliable than light wood. ..."

9. A Manual of Machinery and Millwork by William John Macquorn Rankine, William J. Millar (1880)
"On the other hand, there are cases in which absolute precision of movement is unnecessary, and in which pliability is an advantage, as giving the power of ..."

10. A Mechanical Text-book: Or, Introduction to the Study of Mechanics by William John Macquorn Rankine, Edward Fisher Bamber (1900)
"Stiffness or Rigidity, pliability, their Moduli or Coefficients. — Rigidity or stiffness is the property which a solid body possesses of resisting forces ..."

11. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"The Japanese make their toothpicks from fine reeds, which they shave down to the thinness of paper, retaining the reed's strength and pliability. ..."

12. A Manual of Civil Engineering by William John Macquorn Rankine, William J. Millar (1907)
"This property, which may be called " Lateral pliability," exists to the greatest possible extent in perfect fluids, whose parts yield laterally to the ..."

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