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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Using a Fiat Ducato van as the base, Hilgers took a small van and created a flexible, functional living space. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Minimalist camper van packs everything you need in 48 square feet," 12 Sep. 2018 Convene, which also manages amenities in some buildings and recently began offering flexible office spaces for companies that have outgrown co-working facilities, plans to continue expanding in Chicago, Simonetti said. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "Citadel Center to get two-level event space," 25 June 2018 And rear headroom is just 33 inches tall, but for this buyer the flexible cargo space will be used more. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: Forever young," 22 June 2018 Like many new libraries being built across the state and the country, the libraries in Glendale and Surprise will be smaller and offer more flexible space. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "What you'll find in 3 new libraries coming to the West Valley," 18 June 2018 The flexible-space office building is part of a nearly $90 million redevelopment project bringing new office, retail and apartments to Brownsburg. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Brownsburg: Vibrant new version of 'downtown' taking shape," 15 June 2018 Specifically, in the McCourt, the performance hall whose retractable shell is the signature flourish of the 200,000-square-foot structure’s flexible design. Chloe Malle, Town & Country, "Is the Shed the Defining Arts Institution of a New New York City?," 14 Mar. 2019 Babysitting can be a great way to hone your *adulting* skills, find flexible work that fits into your schedule, and earn some extra cash along the way. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "6 Tips For Teen Babysitters That Are Totally Life-Changing," 21 Dec. 2018 Exterior Wood Primer & Undercoat dries to a more flexible finish to allow the wood to expand and contract, while added breathability keeps moisture from getting trapped inside the wood, which can cause the paint to blister and bubble. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Ready For A Paint Makeover? Here's What You Need To Know About Primer," 16 Jan. 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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