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 flexible (audio) \ noun
flexibly \ ˈflek-​sə-​blē How to pronounce flexible (audio) \ adverb

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web That said, although thinking ahead provides a crucial framework, being flexible is equally important. Erin E. Williams, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 The production and distribution landscapes have morphed almost beyond recognition, and McCracken acknowledges that Pathé U.K. must remain flexible to stay in the game. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 10 May 2022 Companies must remain flexible and cannot rely on stable structures. Forbes, 2 May 2022 That’s because the OLED panel under the glass layer is flexible, so Apple folded the screen’s bottom inward. Chris Smith, BGR, 26 Apr. 2022 However, the dates were flexible and could get pushed back. Cheyenne Haslett, ABC News, 21 Apr. 2022 This part of the process may also include hormone therapy that can lead to gender-affirming physical change, but again, the care plan is flexible, Deutsch said. Jen Christensen, CNN, 21 Apr. 2022 But understanding that every traveler has their own preference in terms of rewards, the program is designed to be flexible in order to more effectively meet guests' needs. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 13 Apr. 2022 Governments proved their ability to be flexible, to pivot, and to adapt during the pandemic. Gerard Vitti, STAT, 9 Apr. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flexible. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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 flexible (audio) \ noun, plural flexibilities

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