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inflexible

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adjective in·flex·i·ble \(ˌ)in-ˈflek-sə-bəl\

Simple Definition of inflexible

  • : not easily influenced or persuaded

  • : not easily bent or twisted

  • : not easily changed

Full Definition of inflexible

  1. 1 :  rigidly firm in will or purpose :  unyielding

  2. 2 :  not readily bent :  lacking or deficient in suppleness

  3. 3 :  incapable of change :  unalterable

in·flex·i·bil·i·ty play \-ˌflek-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
in·flex·i·ble·ness play \-ˈflek-sə-bəl-nəs\ noun
in·flex·i·bly play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of inflexible

  1. <the inflexible law of gravity>

  2. <shoes made of inflexible plastic hurt my feet>



Origin of inflexible

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>.

synonyms see in addition stiff



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