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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Recent Examples on the Web How to support local shops Shop online or over the phone Many shop owners are flexible, offering phone or online sales and curbside pickup. Rene Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Local downtown shops struggle, get creative to survive coronavirus," 28 May 2020 Not being flexible enough to enjoy a family Christmas party because of a refusal to wear socks - and a refusal to even have a conversation about it -- misses the spirit of Christmas entirely. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Younger sister feels shunned by siblings for more than 20 years," 27 May 2020 Not being flexible enough to enjoy a family Christmas party because of a refusal to wear socks - and a refusal to even have a conversation about it -- misses the spirit of Christmas entirely. cleveland, "Dear Annie: A longstanding grudge causes friction between sisters," 26 May 2020 This program is designed to be flexible, convenient and affordable. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "Kings Hammer Soccer Club to expand operations to Sycamore Township," 20 May 2020 Any changes, then, must be subtle, strategic, and flexible, but obvious enough to create confidence in travelers. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Hotels Could Change After Coronavirus, From Private Spa Time to DIY Happy Hour Kits," 19 May 2020 The kids are learning important skills right now — like how to be flexible, creative and resilient. Catherine Newman, New York Times, "How to Host Your Family’s Own Personal Summer Camp," 18 May 2020 To me, this is pure kayfabe: playful and inviting, flexible, an infinite game. Robin Sloan, The Atlantic, "The Conspiracy Museum," 14 May 2020 At the end of the day, parents must prepare themselves to be flexible, and to practice patience in the face of inevitable hiccups with the family social distancing plan. Matt Villano, CNN, "No, your teenager's boyfriend or girlfriend cannot come over during the pandemic," 12 May 2020

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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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The first known use of flexible was in the 15th century

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2 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Flexible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flexible. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce flexible (audio)

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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