- capable of being bent, usually without breaking; easily bent: a flexible ruler.
- susceptible of modification or adaptation; adaptable: a flexible schedule.
- willing or disposed to yield; pliable: a flexible personality.
- a flexible substance or material, as rubber or leather.
Origin of flexible
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Examples from the Web for flexibility
The job requires a mind for logistics, flexibility, and risk control.Behind the Scenes With a ‘Site Agent’: The Secret Service’s Hardest Job
October 2, 2014
The U.S. government should expedite their cases while showing some modicum of flexibility in reviewing their documentation.Obama Went to War to Save Them, But They Can’t Get U.S. Visas
Christine van den Toorn, Sherizaan Minwalla
September 28, 2014
The amount of strength, flexibility, stamina, everything it takes to be a gymnast is insane.'American Ninja Warrior' May Crown Its First Female Winner Kacy Catanzaro
September 1, 2014
Will the U.S. demonstrate a reasonable amount of flexibility to satisfy him when it comes to the nuclear program?Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei Says Talks with the U.S. Are Futile
August 14, 2014
Weisberg talks about radical evil and situations where there is no room for flexibility or compromise.Liberals Need to Learn to Say No
July 10, 2014
The tufts between the toes and the flexibility of the tail are other important points.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
Here was a combination of the tenacity of steel with much of the flexibility of rope.
His limbs lost their flexibility, and some of his wiring started to corrode.Beside Still Waters
The flexibility of art instruction is both advantageous and embarrassing.College Teaching
Elastic: a part which has a degree of flexibility throughout.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
- Also: flexile (ˈflɛksaɪl) able to be bent easily without breaking; pliable
- adaptable or variableflexible working hours
- able to be persuaded easily; tractable
Word Origin and History for flexibility
1610s, of physical things, from French flexibilité or directly from Late Latin flexibilitatem (nominative flexibilitas), from Latin flexibilis (see flexible). Of immaterial things from 1783.
early 15c., from Middle French flexible or directly from Latin flexibilis "that may be bent, pliant, flexible, yielding;" figuratively "tractable, inconstant," from flexus, past participle of flectere "to bend," of uncertain origin. Related: Flexibly.
- Capable of being bent or flexed.
- Capable of being bent repeatedly without injury or damage.