- 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 inflexible
Liberated from overstressing our backs, we suffer from weak and inflexible backs.Is Your Chair Killing You? The Consequences of Comfort
Daniel E. Lieberman
October 14, 2013
When two people have to work late, who will meet that inflexible day-care pickup time?One Reason Women Stay Home: Because It's Easier on Everyone
March 18, 2013
Some may be concerned that a system along these lines would be inflexible.To Solve Debt Crisis, GOP Should Put Obama on a Reward Program
December 25, 2012
They're rigid and inflexible and hopeless and just plain cuhrayzee.What If Plan B Doesn't Pass?
December 20, 2012
The young girl shrank from the effort, but the elder lady was inflexible.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Kirkwood smiled grimly, with a face of brass, impenetrable, inflexible.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
The baron was inflexible in his resolution not to let Matilda leave the castle.Maid Marian
Thomas Love Peacock
The worse he grew, the more rigid and inflexible he became in his determination.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
I was inflexible; I wouldn't let one of the Morgans into my house.
- not flexible; rigid; stiff
- obstinate; unyielding
- without variation; unalterable; fixed
Word Origin and History for inflexible
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.