Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, 14th century
(of a metal) able to be drawn out into a thin wire.
Able to be deformed without losing toughness; pliable, not brittle.
Examples of Ductile in a sentence
"Copper is quite ductile, which makes it perfect for both electrical work and jewelry."
"The drafty window sill needs to be repaired with a ductile material to stand up to the winter winds."
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Ductile can be used in a few different situations. There’s the easily coerced, or ductile, person. Then any sort of pliable material that can be molded can be called ductile. But if you’re a scientist, you’re most likely describing a metal that can be pulled into a thin wire as ductile.
Did you Know?
The adjective ductile comes from the Latin root “ductilis,” which means easily led. This makes sense if you’re talking about a person being ductile, or easily convinced. The word duke shares the same root. A duke might not be swayed, but he perhaps hopes that his subjects are nice and ductile.