- not flexible; incapable of or resistant to being bent; rigid: an inflexible steel rod.
- of a rigid or unyielding temper, purpose, will, etc.; immovable: an inflexible determination.
- not permitting change or variation; unalterable: inflexible rules.
Origin of inflexible
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Examples from the Web for inflexibility
Here he finds the ground prepared for the anti-semitic attack on rigidity, stubbornness, inflexibility as Jewish qualities.Liberals Need to Learn to Say No
July 10, 2014
The governor has successfully pleased both, however, by blaming the Obama administration for inflexibility.Swing States Sit Out Obamacare: What Four Holdouts Are Doing
September 27, 2013
The inflexibility is a reassuring ideological message for some members.NRA Convention Gun Advocates Include Victims, Immigrants, Kids
May 6, 2013
He tries to be consistent, but his detractors see it as inflexibility.James Wood Gets Personal
December 21, 2012
Most of the ‘e’ formations are closed, a sign of inflexibility once his mind is made up.For Presidential Hopefuls, the Handwriting Says It All
January 11, 2012
She endeavours to account for the inflexibility of her parents and uncles.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
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
Their works did not exact the same constancy and inflexibility of effort.Sir Walter Ralegh
- not flexible; rigid; stiff
- obstinate; unyielding
- without variation; unalterable; fixed
Word Origin and History for inflexibility
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.