[ 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.

Origin of flexible

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin flexibilis pliant, easily bent. See flex1, -ible


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.


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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 flexible

flexibility or flexibleness, nounflexibly, adverb
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Medical definitions for nonflexible

[ flĕksə-bəl ]


Capable of being bent or flexed.
Capable of being bent repeatedly without injury or damage.

Other words from flexible

flex′i•bili•ty null n.
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