A malleable personality is capable of being changed or trained, and a malleable metal is able to be pounded or pressed into various shapes. It's easier to learn when you're young and malleable.

  • Pronunciation: /'mælɪəbl/
  • English Description: capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
  • Chinese Translation: 可塑的(ke3 su4 de)
  • Spanish Translation: maleable
  • ORIGIN: Similarly, there are ductile metals that can be hammered out into wire or thread; gold, silver, and platinum are examples. The adjective malleable dates back to Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin malleābilis, from malleāre "to hammer," from Latin malleus "a hammer."


  • In academic medicine, being malleable and persistent is a great strength, and these traits are learned during medical school and doctoral training.
  • On a deeper level, characteristics that once seemed biologically determined are increasingly challenged as malleable social constructs.

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