One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Not easily influenced or persuaded; obstinate, stubborn; unconforming.
2Not easily bent or changed in shape; stiff, rigid, inflexible.
3Not adaptable to different purposes, changing circumstances, etc.; not showing adaptability or versatility.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Robert Record (c1512–1558), mathematician. From un- + pliant.
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