adjective \(ˌ)in-ˈflek-sə-bəl\

: not easily influenced or persuaded

: not easily bent or twisted

: not easily changed

Full Definition of INFLEXIBLE

:  rigidly firm in will or purpose :  unyielding
:  not readily bent :  lacking or deficient in suppleness
:  incapable of change :  unalterable
in·flex·i·bil·i·ty \-ˌflek-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
in·flex·i·ble·ness \-ˈflek-sə-bəl-nəs\ noun
in·flex·i·bly \-blē\ adverb

Examples of INFLEXIBLE

  1. <the inflexible law of gravity>
  2. <shoes made of inflexible plastic hurt my feet>


Middle English, from Latin inflexibilis, from in- + flexibilis flexible
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of INFLEXIBLE

inflexible, obdurate, adamant mean unwilling to alter a predetermined course or purpose. inflexible implies rigid adherence or even slavish conformity to principle <inflexible in their demands>. obdurate stresses hardness of heart and insensitivity to appeals for mercy or the influence of divine grace <obdurate in his refusal to grant clemency>. adamant implies utter immovability in the face of all temptation or entreaty <adamant that the work should continue>.


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