[Word-ology] Pliable= Pli + Able

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Before today’s learning, let’s check the answers to the last episode.

proscribe= pro-[in front of]+scrib[write]+e[v.]
Definition: command against

nondescript= non-[not]+descript[describe]
Definition: a person is not easily classified and not very interesting


Today we will learn the new root “pli“. It means “fold” and is used in many words. Let’s see the word “pliable” together.

In the word “pliable“, “pli” means “fold“, “able” means “a.“. By combining them together we can deduce that “pliable” means “able to fold

In Merriam-webster Dictionary, “pliable” means “supple enough to bend freely or repeatedly without breaking“, which is highly similar to what we’ve deduced.

Here is one example to use “pliable” :

Because the leather is pliable, it’s easy to work with.


Now it’s your time to figure out the meanings of the following words!

compliant=com-[completely]+pli[fold]+ant[a.]

comply=com-[completely]+ply[pli,fold]


That’s all for [Word-ology] today!

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One Comment

  • Compliant definition com means completely and pli means fold so its means working or done any work with rules
    Example :all products must be compliant with 150 specifications

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