[ flek-suh-buhl ]
/ ˈflɛk sə bəl /
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.
Words nearby flexible
Origin of flexible
SYNONYMS FOR flexible
1 pliable, elastic, supple. Flexible, limber, pliant refer to that which bends easily. Flexible refers to that which is capable of being bent and adds sometimes the idea of compressibility or expansibility: a flexible piece of rubber hose. Limber is especially applied to the body to refer to ease of movement; it resembles flexible except that there is an idea of even greater ease in bending: a limber dancer. Pliant stresses an inherent quality or tendency to bend that does not require force or pressure from the outside; it may mean merely adaptable or may have a derogatory sense: a pliant character.
2 tractable, compliant.
OTHER WORDS FROM flexible
flex·i·bil·i·ty, flex·i·ble·ness, nounflex·i·bly, adverbhy·per·flex·i·bil·i·ty, nounhy·per·flex·i·ble, adjective
hy·per·flex·i·ble·ness, nounhy·per·flex·i·bly, adverbnon·flex·i·bil·i·ty, nounnon·flex·i·ble, adjectivenon·flex·i·ble·ness, nounnon·flex·i·bly, adverbun·flex·i·bil·i·ty, nounun·flex·i·ble, adjectiveun·flex·i·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for nonflexible
/ (ˈflɛksɪbəl) /
Also: flexile (ˈflɛksaɪl) able to be bent easily without breaking; pliable
adaptable or variableflexible working hours
able to be persuaded easily; tractable
Derived forms of flexibleflexibility or flexibleness, nounflexibly, adverb
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Medical definitions for nonflexible
[ flĕk′sə-bəl ]
Capable of being bent or flexed.
Capable of being bent repeatedly without injury or damage.
Other words from flexibleflex′i•bil′i•ty null n.
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