[flek-sil or, esp. British, -sahyl]


flexible; pliant; tractable; adaptable.

Origin of flexile

First recorded in 1625–35, flexile is from the Latin word flexilis pliant, pliable. See flex1, -ile
Related formsflex·il·i·ty, noun
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Historical Examples of flexile

  • The flexile and dubious expression of youth was forever gone.


    Edward Bulwer Lytton

  • Eudora had more sparkling eyes, lips more richly coloured, and a form more slender and flexile.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • She stood no more than a pace from him, a flexile figure that poised and swung, to provoke the wild beast in him to spring.

    The Unknown Sea

    Clemence Housman

  • The movement, in its sinuous, flexile gliding, resembled somewhat a serpent's crawl.

  • On the former supposition, the ovipositor must be remarkably long and flexile to enable the animal to place the eggs on its back.