- capable of being bent, usually without breaking; easily bent: a flexible ruler.
- susceptible of modification or adaptation; adaptable: a flexible schedule.
- willing or disposed to yield; pliable: a flexible personality.
- a flexible substance or material, as rubber or leather.
Origin of flexible
Examples from the Web for flexibly
The speaker of the monologue must accentuate the effect of his interlocutor as flexibly and freely as in the case of the dialogue.Browning and the Dramatic Monologue
S. S. Curry
This is flexibly adjusted to the rope and drawn across lower window-casings.Oswald Langdon
Carson Jay Lee
She drew forth a volume, flexibly bound, like a small loose-leaf ledger.The Voice on the Wire
Eustace Hale Ball
“Position” in New York means a corpulent purse whose strings work as flexibly as the dorsal muscles of a professional toady.The Arena
This means operations must be coordinated and orchestrated carefully and flexibly as enemy reaction to the attack is evaluated.Shock and Awe
Harlan K. Ullman
- Also: flexile (ˈflɛksaɪl) able to be bent easily without breaking; pliable
- adaptable or variableflexible working hours
- able to be persuaded easily; tractable
Word Origin and History for flexibly
early 15c., from Middle French flexible or directly from Latin flexibilis "that may be bent, pliant, flexible, yielding;" figuratively "tractable, inconstant," from flexus, past participle of flectere "to bend," of uncertain origin. Related: Flexibly.
- Capable of being bent or flexed.
- Capable of being bent repeatedly without injury or damage.