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To be ‘pliable’ can mean two things. Literally, it describes something that is able to be bent freely or repeatedly without breaking or cracking. In a figurative sense, it refers to a person who can be easily controlled or influenced and is not willing to stand up for themselves. In that context, the word has negative connotations.
My work shoes are made out of high quality leather, so they are firm yet pliable.
The only reason Gary was picked for the role is because he’s pliable. The boss knows he can get him to do what he wants.
Your pliability is a big weakness. You need to stand your ground and stop letting people walk all over you.