flexible vs pliable what difference

what is difference between flexible and pliable

English

Etymology

From Middle French flexible, from Latin flexibilis, from flectō (I bend, curve).

Morphologically flex +‎ -ible.

Pronunciation

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈflɛk.sɪ.bəl/, /ˈflɛk.sə.bəl/

Adjective

flexible (comparative more flexible, superlative most flexible)

  1. Capable of being flexed or bent without breaking; able to be turned or twisted without breaking.
    Synonym: pliable
    Antonyms: stiff, brittle, inflexible
    When the splitting wind Makes flexible the knees of knotted oaks. -William Shakespeare
  2. Willing or prone to give way to the influence of others; not invincibly rigid or obstinate.
    Synonyms: 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
  3. Capable or being adapted or molded in some way.
    Synonyms: plastic, malleable
    a flexible language
    This was a principle more flexible to their purpose. -Rogers.

Synonyms

Derived terms

  • flexibly
  • flexibleness

Related terms

  • flexibility
  • inflexible

Translations

See also

  • foldable

Noun

flexible (plural flexibles)

  1. (chiefly engineering and manufacturing) Something that is flexible.

References

  • flexible in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • flexible on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • flexibility on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Asturian

Etymology

From Latin flexibilis.

Adjective

flexible (epicene, plural flexibles)

  1. flexible
    Antonym: inflexible

Related terms

  • flexibilidá

Catalan

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin flexibilis.

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic, Central) IPA(key): /fləkˈsi.blə/
  • (Valencian) IPA(key): /flekˈsi.ble/

Adjective

flexible (masculine and feminine plural flexibles)

  1. flexible
    Antonym: inflexible

Derived terms

  • disc flexible
  • flexibilitzar

Related terms

  • flexibilitat

Further reading

  • “flexible” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
  • “flexible” in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana.
  • “flexible” in Diccionari normatiu valencià, Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua.
  • “flexible” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.

French

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin flexibilis.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /flɛk.sibl/
  • Homophone: flexibles
  • Hyphenation: flex‧sible

Adjective

flexible (plural flexibles)

  1. flexible

Derived terms

  • flexiblement
  • inflexible

Related terms

  • flexibilité

Further reading

  • “flexible” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Galician

Alternative forms

  • flexíbel

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin flexibilis.

Adjective

flexible m or f (plural flexibles)

  1. flexible

Antonyms

  • inflexible, inflexíbel

Related terms

  • flexibilidade

Further reading

  • “flexible” in Dicionario da Real Academia Galega, Royal Galician Academy.

German

Adjective

flexible

  1. inflection of flexibel:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

Spanish

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin flexibilis, from flectō (to bend, curve).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /flekˈsible/, [flekˈsi.β̞le]

Adjective

flexible (plural flexibles)

  1. flexible (clarification of this definition is needed)
    Antonym: inflexible

Derived terms

  • disco flexible
  • flexibilidad
  • flexibilizar
  • flexibilización

Related terms

  • flexión
  • flexionar

Further reading

  • “flexible” in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014.


English

Etymology

From Middle French, from Old French ploiable, from ploiier (to fold).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈplaɪəbəl/
  • Rhymes: -aɪəbəl

Adjective

pliable (comparative more pliable, superlative most pliable)

  1. Soft, flexible, easily bent, formed, shaped, or molded.
  2. Easily persuaded; yielding to influence.

Synonyms

  • (soft, flexible): lithy

Derived terms

  • pliableness
  • pliably

Related terms

  • pliability
  • pliancy
  • pliant
  • ply

Translations

Further reading

  • pliable in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • pliable in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • pliable at OneLook Dictionary Search

French

Etymology

plier +‎ -able

Pronunciation

Adjective

pliable (plural pliables)

  1. pliable

Further reading

  • “pliable” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

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