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

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 Make attempts to be more flexible and be willing to put in even more effort than usual to maintain peaceful connections with others. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for December 30, 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 Why, when something comes up, do women’s careers tend to be so much more flexible than men’s? Liana Finck, The New Yorker, "Dear Pepper: Sisterly Love," 27 Dec. 2020 But Clark’s flexible enough to flip over to the right tackle, where Brown, a Pro Bowl selection last year, has allowed two sacks in two games, according to Pro Football Focus. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens vs. Chiefs primer: An unwanted narrative for game’s biggest stars; what to watch Monday," 28 Sep. 2020 Rewards Mastercard are also more flexible than many other store credit cards. Jennifer Yellin, CNN Underscored, "These are our favorite store credit cards for 2021," 14 Dec. 2020 On the other hand, the DH allows teams to be more flexible. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "How Giants are answering the question: to DH or not to DH?," 7 Dec. 2020 Local officials can be more flexible in designing a plan for the community, like having some students come in two or three times a week. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Should Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine close schools? Experts weigh in on local vs. state control," 5 Dec. 2020 While obviously the Bruins (1-1) have had to be more flexible that the Ducks, the stakes this season are undoubtedly higher for Oregon. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "No. 11 Oregon-UCLA live stream (11/21): How to watch college football online, TV, time," 21 Nov. 2020 The good news is, colleges are going to be far more flexible this year, says Todd Rinehart, president of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "4 Tips for Applying to College During the Coronavirus Pandemic," 17 Nov. 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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16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Flexible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flexible. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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 flexible (audio) \ noun, plural flexibilities

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