pliableness


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pli·a·ble

 (plī′ə-bəl)
adj.
1. Easily bent or shaped. See Synonyms at malleable.
2. Capable of being changed or adjusted to meet particular or varied needs: a pliable policy.
3. Easily influenced, persuaded, or controlled: replaced the complainer with a more pliable subordinate.

[Middle English, from Old French, from plier, to bend; see pliant.]

pli′a·bil′i·ty, pli′a·ble·ness n.
pli′a·bly adv.
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(6) In this essay I draw on Henri Bergson's theory of the comic, which holds that the comic arises from "a certain mechanical inelasticity, just where one would expect to find the wide awake adaptability and the living pliableness of a human being" (10, original italics).
Writing in 1900, Bergson argued that humor arises from our observation of inflexible behavior "where one would expect to find the wide-awake adaptability and the living pliableness of a human being" (i.e., a slapstick scene in which a minister tumbles into a pothole because he is reading a Bible as he walks).
The "laughable element," he remarks, often consists of "a certain mechanical inelasticity, just where one would expect to find the wideawake adaptability and the living pliableness of the human being" (67).