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[in-flek-suh-buh l] /ɪnˈflɛk sə bəl/
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
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin inflexibilis rigid, unbending. See in-3, flexible
Related forms
inflexibility, inflexibleness, noun
inflexibly, adverb
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.
2. amenable. Unabridged
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  • He spoke tenderly, but inflexibly, and Joel felt that his fate was pronounced.

  • "Shove off," ordered Lingard, inflexibly, without even looking at d'Alcacer.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • Unless one thing happens I am going, he went on, inflexibly.

  • Both appeared to be about the same age, and both were inflexibly taciturn.

    Rambles Beyond Railways; Wilkie Collins
  • They were sublimely guileless, divinely charitable and inflexibly austere.

    The Outrage Annie Vivanti
  • "You enabled me to continue my acquaintance with him here," said Mrs. Clarke inflexibly.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • "And I should have been glad to stay," Ruth concluded, inflexibly.

    Horace Chase Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • To this holy rule we should inflexibly adhere when dictating the terms of peace.

    Peace with Mexico

    Albert Gallatin
British Dictionary definitions for inflexibly


not flexible; rigid; stiff
obstinate; unyielding
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 inflexibly



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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