plic-, pli- plect-, plec-, plici-, -plex, -plexity, -plexus,
-ple, -pli, -plic, -plicat, -plicit, -plicate, -plication, -ply

(Latin: plicare, plecare, to fold, bend, curve, turn, twine, twist, interweave, weave)

perplexed (adjective), more perplexed, most perplexed
1. Related to anything that is hard to understand or which is confusing: Mr. Smith, the cashier, gave Ingrid a perplexed look when she told him that he charged her too much for the dress which was supposed to be on sale at a reduced price.
2. A reference to something that is very difficult to comprehend or is full of bewilderment: Martin's explanation to Sharon for being late left her thoroughly perplexed because what he said simply did not make any sense.
Hard to understand and confusing.
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perplexity (s) (noun), perplexities (pl)
1. Anything that is confusing and very difficult to comprehend: "No matter how much we try, we will never be able to solve all of the perplexities of our lives."
2. A condition of being very confused because something is so difficult to comprehend or understand: "There was a look of perplexity on Mona's face when she was told that all of the items that she wanted to buy were no longer available because of the special sale."
1. To interlace branches or vines to make a hedge, a decorative shape, an arbor, etc.
2. Etymology: from Old French plechier, from Latin plectere, "to plait".
pliant (adjective), more pliant, most pliant
1. A reference to someone who is easily influenced: The teacher had pliant students who learned more from her than from most of the other instructors in the school.
2. Characteristic of something or of a person that can change easily to fit different situations: Pete was a pliant carpenter who adapted to the various methods necessary to complete his projects.
3. Referring to something which is flexible, bendable, limber, or moldable: The soft leather was used for making clothing because it was so pliant and supple.
4. Etymology: from Latin plicare, "to fold", from French pliant, "bending".
Yielding easily to influence.
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Inter-related cross references involving word units meaning "bend, curve, turn": diversi-; diverticul-; flect-, flex-; gyro-; meand-; streph-; stroph-; tors-; tropo-; verg-; vers-; volv-.