Malleable vs. Pliant

Malleable vs. Pliant — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Malleable and Pliant

Malleableadjective

Capable of being shaped or formed, as by hammering or pressure

a malleable metal.

Pliantadjective

Easily bent or flexed; pliable.

Malleableadjective

Easily controlled or influenced

"The British [rulers] ... had favoured the brother who struck them as altogether more amiable, a more malleable, more temperate man" (Paul Scott).

Pliantadjective

Easily altered or modified to fit conditions; adaptable

a pliant poetic form.

Malleableadjective

Able to adjust to changing circumstances; adaptable

a malleable leader unafraid to compromise.

Pliantadjective

Yielding readily to influence or domination; compliant

a pliant colonial regime.

Malleableadjective

Capable of being changed or adjusted to meet particular or varied needs

the malleable rhythms of jazz.

Pliantadjective

Capable of plying or bending; readily yielding to force or pressure without breaking

a pliant threadpliant wax

Malleableadjective

Able to be hammered into thin sheets; capable of being extended or shaped by beating with a hammer, or by the pressure of rollers.

Pliantadjective

(figuratively) Easily influenced; tractable.

Malleableadjective

(metaphorical) Flexible, liable to change.

My opinion on the subject is malleable.

Pliantadjective

capable of being influenced or formed;

the plastic minds of childrena pliant nature

Malleableadjective

in which an adversary can alter a ciphertext such that it decrypts to a related plaintext

Pliantadjective

able to adjust readily to different conditions;

an adaptable persona flexible personalityan elastic clause in a contract

Malleableadjective

easily influenced

Pliantadjective

capable of being bent or flexed or twisted without breaking;

a flexible wirea pliant young tree

Malleableadjective

capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out;

ductile coppermalleable metals such as goldthey soaked the leather to made it pliablepliant molten glassmade of highly tensile steel alloy

Pliantadjective

capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out;

ductile coppermalleable metals such as goldthey soaked the leather to made it pliablepliant molten glassmade of highly tensile steel alloy