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PLI'ANT, adjective That may be easily bent; readily yielding to force or pressure without breaking; flexible; flexile; lithe; limber; as a pliant thread.

1. That may be easily formed or molded to a different shape; as pliant wax.

2. Easily yielding to moral influence; easy to be persuaded; ductile.

The will was then more ductile and pliant to right reason.