flex·​i·​ble | \ ˈflek-sə-bəl How to pronounce flexible (audio) \

Definition of flexible

1 : capable of being flexed : pliant flexible branches swaying in the breeze
2 : yielding to influence : tractable a flexible person without strong convictions
3 : characterized by a ready capability to adapt to new, different, or changing requirements a flexible foreign policy a flexible schedule

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Other Words from flexible

flexibility \ ˌflek-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce flexibility (audio) \ noun
flexibly \ ˈflek-​sə-​blē How to pronounce flexibly (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for flexible

elastic, resilient, springy, flexible, supple mean able to endure strain without being permanently injured. elastic implies the property of resisting deformation by stretching. an elastic waistband resilient implies the ability to recover shape quickly when the deforming force or pressure is removed. a resilient innersole springy stresses both the ease with which something yields to pressure and the quickness of its return to original shape. the cake is done when the top is springy flexible applies to something which may or may not be resilient or elastic but which can be bent or folded without breaking. flexible plastic tubing supple applies to something that can be readily bent, twisted, or folded without any sign of injury. supple leather

Examples of flexible in a Sentence

flexible branches swaying in the breeze a material that is both strong and flexible She's been doing exercises to become stronger and more flexible. Our schedule for the weekend is very flexible. This computer program has to be flexible to meet all our needs. Whatever you want to do is fine with me. I'm flexible.
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Tours are offered as needed, usually on the hour, but the schedule is flexible. Carolina Gusman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Festival of the Bells celebrates 250th jubilee of San Diego’s first mission," 11 July 2019 If you are flexible you won't be blown over when an impending crisis uproots everyone else. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for July 11, 2019: Happy birthday Sela Ward; Virgo, bend with the wind when changes blow in," 11 July 2019 Accommodations: Reserve all accommodations in advance, but be flexible as emergencies happen. 2. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "If you're traveling by car this July 4th, here's a road trip checklist," 3 July 2019 To perfect each outfit while run throughs were underway, Maxwell had to be flexible. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "See How Lady Gaga Pulled Off the Greatest Met Gala Entrance of All Time," 10 May 2019 More choices, better services and more flexible jobs for people who can either choose to drive full or part-time. Greg Gutfeld, Fox News, "Gutfeld on a socialist's hypocrisy on Uber," 29 Aug. 2018 While the rate has been declining for three years, that is largely due to a sharp increase in flexible or part-time jobs that provide low salaries and harsh work conditions. Washington Post, "How Greece will exit its bailout program and what it means," 22 June 2018 The 65,592-square-foot building will be flexible in design to accommodate up to six tenants and perhaps more, Michael Micka, a partner and vice president for development for Holladay Properties, told the city council. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Abatement for Valparaiso Bluejay 1 project wins city approval," 11 June 2019 Hotwire and Priceline can often save you money, especially if your plans are flexible. Larry Magid, The Mercury News, "Magid: High and low tech advice for summer vacation," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of flexible

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for flexible

Middle English, borrowed from Latin flexibilis, from flexus (past participle of flectere "to cause to go in a different direction, bend, curve," of uncertain origin) + -ibilis -ible

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English Language Learners Definition of flexible

: capable of bending or being bent
: easily changed : able to change or to do different things
: willing to change or to try different things


flex·​i·​ble | \ ˈflek-sə-bəl How to pronounce flexible (audio) \

Kids Definition of flexible

1 : possible or easy to bend flexible plastic
2 : easily changed a flexible schedule


flex·​i·​ble | \ ˈflek-sə-bəl How to pronounce flexible (audio) \

Medical Definition of flexible

: capable of being flexed : capable of being turned, bowed, or twisted without breaking flexible bandages a flexible fiber-optic bronchoscope

Other Words from flexible

flexibility \ ˌflek-​sə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce flexibility (audio) \ noun, plural flexibilities

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