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flexile

[flek-sil or, esp. British, -sahyl] /ˈflɛk sɪl or, esp. British, -saɪl/
adjective
1.
flexible; pliant; tractable; adaptable.
Origin of flexile
1625-1635
First recorded in 1625-35, flexile is from the Latin word flexilis pliant, pliable. See flex1, -ile
Related forms
flexility, noun
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  • The flexile and dubious expression of youth was forever gone.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Eudora had more sparkling eyes, lips more richly coloured, and a form more slender and flexile.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • She stood no more than a pace from him, a flexile figure that poised and swung, to provoke the wild beast in him to spring.

    The Unknown Sea Clemence Housman
  • The movement, in its sinuous, flexile gliding, resembled somewhat a serpent's crawl.

  • On the former supposition, the ovipositor must be remarkably long and flexile to enable the animal to place the eggs on its back.

  • The willow leaflets were just putting out, and the swaying of the flexile boughs was slight and noiseless.

    Alone Marion Harland
  • A powerful charm came from her superb physique, her radiant color, and from her beautiful, flexile lips and sound white teeth.

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • He lay in the Englishwoman's gentle arms—a little brown bundle of flexile limbs and cotton night-shirt.

    With Edged Tools Henry Seton Merriman
  • flexile -is: capable of being bent at an angle without breaking: flexible.

  • From their flexile and unformed minds I can carve out my fittest tools.

    The Last Days of Pompeii Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

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