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1. Easily bent or flexed; pliable. See Synonyms at malleable.
2. Easily altered or modified to fit conditions; adaptable: a pliant poetic form.
3. Yielding readily to influence or domination; compliant: a pliant colonial regime.

[Middle English, from Old French, present participle of plier, to fold, bend, from Latin plicāre; see plek- in Indo-European roots.]

pli′an·cy, pli′ant·ness n.
pli′ant·ly adv.
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Noun1.pliancy - the property of being pliant and flexible
bendability, pliability - the property of being easily bent without breaking
2.pliancy - adaptability of mind or character; "he was valued for his reliability and pliability"; "he increased the leanness and suppleness of the organization"
adaptability - the ability to change (or be changed) to fit changed circumstances
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Elizabeth listened in silence, but was not convinced; their behaviour at the assembly had not been calculated to please in general; and with more quickness of observation and less pliancy of temper than her sister, and with a judgement too unassailed by any attention to herself, she was very little disposed to approve them.
There are some who would be inclined to regard the servile pliancy of the Executive to a prevailing current, either in the community or in the legislature, as its best recommendation.
He was to go up again by the late train, and had to count a little--a fact accepted by his hostess with the hard pliancy of practice--his present happy moments.
Nor was her pliancy in the end effected by a less motive, than the fear of being chargeable with protracting the public calamities, and endangering the event of the contest.
Thorn was a plain, straightforward sailor, who never had two minds nor two prices in his dealings, was deficient in patience and pliancy, and totally wanting in the chicanery of traffic.
Yet he could not shake from his brain and vision the warm recollection of those bronze slippers, that clinging gown, and all the feminine softness and pliancy of Dede in her pretty Berkeley rooms.
I fear that he will think ill of my pliancy or lightness, not considering the irresistible influence he brought to bear upon me."
Jane, you please me, and you master me- -you seem to submit, and I like the sense of pliancy you impart; and while I am twining the soft, silken skein round my finger, it sends a thrill up my arm to my heart.
The government claims performance and a climbing crime rate made them make the changes, but the real reason - apparent since the AD Khawaja saga - is the pliancy of police officers.
The researchers identified a number of spatial and other factors that enhance and enrich users' personal and social experiences, including: proximity of activity hubs to the main entrance; location of functional areas away from major circulation pathways; ease of navigation; openness and physical and visual accessibility; functional pliancy of spaces; spaces with differing degrees of enclosure; flexibility and adjustability of furniture and other interior elements; posture support by built-in and movable furniture; access to drink and food; and exterior views.
Your pliancy suggests the risk of swinging this way probably verges on zero, but it's worth mentioning that the other extreme isn't any better, of punitive expectations and hair-trigger corrections.