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From supple +‎ -ness.

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suppleness (usually uncountable, plural supplenesses)

  1. The quality of being supple; litheness.
    • 1699, William Temple, Heads designed for an essay on conversations[1]:
      Study gives strength to the mind; conversation, grace: the first apt to give stiffness, the other suppleness: one gives substance and form to the statue, the other polishes it.

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