flexible

adjective
flex·​i·​ble | \ ˈflek-sə-bəl \

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 \ noun
flexibly \ ˈflek-​sə-​blē \ 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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By Joel Simon Columbia Global Reports, 189 pages, $15.99 Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, believes that no-concessions countries like the United States need to be more flexible. Ann Toews, WSJ, "‘We Want to Negotiate’ Review: Deal or No Deal," 21 Jan. 2019 TE Jordan Akins Bill O’Brien and his staff built a splendid, multi-dimensional scheme around Deshaun Watson’s mobility last year, and a flexible tight end can lend valuable dimension to that. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "NFL Draft Grades: Analysis of Every Second- and Third-Round Pick," 27 Apr. 2018 Different segments of the series have offered up addendums to the basic conceit, starting with an open world and a flexible parkour system. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Assassin’s Creed Odyssey," 4 Oct. 2018 The aim is to create a flexible underwater exploration system to reach hard-to-access areas. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "How Robot Stingrays Could One Day Sink a Battleship," 3 May 2018 If only the body also became more flexible with age. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Orchestra striving for operatic ecstasy with Wagner's 'Tristan and Isolde' (preview)," 13 Apr. 2018 And a more flexible system could allow doctors to capture more natural brain activity. Megan Thielking, STAT, "Worn like a helmet, a new brain scanner aims to make it easier to treat kids with epilepsy," 21 Mar. 2018 Retirement plan experts cite key reasons why IRAs are a better place to hold retirement assets: More flexible withdrawal options Having a sizable nest egg is one thing. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "3 reasons IRAs have edge over 401(k)s when it's time to tap your nest egg," 11 July 2018 At a display industry conference in May, the buzz was about prototypes of screens that were flexible enough to roll and flap in the wind. Geoffrey A. Fowler, chicagotribune.com, "Whoa! Meet the future phones that fold up, have 9 cameras and charge over thin air.," 6 July 2018

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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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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 \

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 \

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 \ noun, plural -ties

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