- 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 flexible
And lo, Snowballs—underpants which can hold a flexible gel pack that you store in the freezer—was born.Men, Ice Your Balls To Make Babies—and Other Male Fertility Fixes
December 22, 2014
Have a plan but be flexible and adjust to emerging realities.Tony La Russa Explains How To Make It To The World Series
October 4, 2014
Weisberg writes about the Europeans that were flexible enough to accept Fascism as the new reality.
But religions and ideologies are the opposite of flexible and compromising.
This flexible attitude to national sovereignty is, of course, no recent phenomenon.On the Contraband Trail With Libya’s Gun Smugglers
June 16, 2014
The Assistant Commissioner had stood up also, slender and flexible.The Secret Agent
She had a long, flexible white neck, and the pose of her head was charming.My Double Life
She was very straight, very tall, and not at all flexible in face or figure.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Every part of the frame must be flexible, but perfectly ready for action.The Young Lady's Equestrian Manual
You know, perhaps, the sting of a flexible bamboo cane when it is whole.Captain Blood
- 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 flexible
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.