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inflexible

[in-flek-suh-buh l] /ɪnˈflɛk sə bəl/
adjective
1.
not flexible; incapable of or resistant to being bent; rigid:
an inflexible steel rod.
2.
of a rigid or unyielding temper, purpose, will, etc.; immovable:
an inflexible determination.
3.
not permitting change or variation; unalterable:
inflexible rules.
Origin of inflexible
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin inflexibilis rigid, unbending. See in-3, flexible
Related forms
inflexibility, inflexibleness, noun
inflexibly, adverb
Synonyms
1. unbendable, stiff. 2. rigorous, stern, unrelenting, unremitting, stubborn, obstinate, intractable, obdurate, unbending, adamant. Inflexible, relentless, implacable, inexorable imply having the quality of not being turned from a purpose. Inflexible means unbending, adhering undeviatingly to a set plan, purpose, or the like: inflexible in interpretation of rules; an inflexible will. Relentless suggests so pitiless and unremitting a pursuit of purpose as to convey a sense of inevitableness: as relentless as the passing of time. Implacable means incapable of being placated or appeased: implacable in wrath. Inexorable means unmoved by prayer or entreaty: inexorable in demanding payment. 3. undeviating.
Antonyms
2. amenable.
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  • She endeavours to account for the inflexibility of her parents and uncles.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Have you not had experience enough of the inflexibility of pride and courage?

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • What was to be the union which that inflexibility carried was not foreseen.

    James Madison

    Sydney Howard Gay
  • It clung to her closely, and added to the inflexibility of her general appearance.

    Framley Parsonage

    Anthony Trollope
  • Their works did not exact the same constancy and inflexibility of effort.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
British Dictionary definitions for inflexibility

inflexible

/ɪnˈflɛksəbəl/
adjective
1.
not flexible; rigid; stiff
2.
obstinate; unyielding
3.
without variation; unalterable; fixed
Derived Forms
inflexibility, inflexibleness, noun
inflexibly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin inflexībilis; see inflect
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Word Origin and History for inflexibility
n.

1610s, from inflexible + -ity.

inflexible

adj.

late 14c., "incapable of being bent, physically rigid," also figuratively, "unbending in temper or purpose," from Middle French inflexible and directly from Latin inflexibilis, from inflexus, past participle of inflectere (see inflect). In early 15c. an identical word had an opposite sense, "capable of being swayed or moved," from in- "in, on." Related: Inflexibly.

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