flexible

adjective
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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To get the most out of their experience, Students need to be flexible in responding to unforeseen situations and in taking advantage of unexpected opportunities. National Geographic, "Student Expeditions Terms & Conditions," 12 June 2019 In preparing for his eighth NFL season, Hightower is following the fitness blueprint, which included the addition of yoga, that left him leaner and more flexible last season. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al.com, "Why Bill Belichick called Dont’a Hightower ‘Mr. February’," 9 June 2019 When the planet of structure takes a break, rules become flexible, so your standard, traditional rules about love and connection could be bent for the next few months. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April’s Virgo Horoscope Means for You," 31 Mar. 2019 Whoever replaces him is guaranteed to be a far less flexible figure. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Anthony Kennedy’s Great Legacy: His Exit," 27 June 2018 Since they can be filled with a range of materials, the water bottles also become highly flexible projectiles that can be adapted within moments to meet mission needs. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "School shootings: This cannon fires unbelievable ammo to blast through walls and help rescue victims," 31 May 2018 Adjaye, 51, described himself in an appearance Tuesday May 1 at the Connor Palace in Playhouse Square as a designer without a signature style whose flexible approach is rooted in his responses to local communities and a commitment to social justice. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Q&A with David Adjaye, designer of Smithsonian's African American museum," 13 May 2018 After the opening two losses, Savarese, who developed a reputation with the Cosmos as a tactically flexible coach, made a major shift by rolling out a conservative 4-3-2-1 formation against FC Dallas in the third game of the season. Jamie Goldberg, OregonLive.com, "Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson offers sneak peek of renovated training facility," 30 Apr. 2018 Be flexible about what kinds of intimacy are involved. Gigi Engle, SELF, "I'm a Sex Coach, and I Swear By Scheduling Sex in Relationships," 19 May 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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flexible

adjective

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

flexible

adjective
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

flexible

adjective
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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