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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Klannish nativism was ever flexible, as was its ability to respond to local conditions. Longreads, "Oregon’s Racist Past," 12 July 2018 Low-Density Polyethylene Heavy plastics that are both durable and flexible, including films, fertilizer bags, bubble wrap, bendy bottles and thick shopping bags. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Do you take recycling seriously? Here's how Sacramento's waste rules are changing," 10 July 2018 At 25 pounds, of which 10 pounds is a slab of lead, and also formed of carbon fiber and polyester, the board is heavy, its forward third flexible, with a narrow PVC spine for shock absorption, and two parallel foot straps. Paul Theroux, Smithsonian, "The Epic Quest to Ride the World’s Biggest Wave," 27 June 2018 Early on, Hussein’s players helped sample fabrics and hijab prototypes at school, improving and nitpicking to get just the right breathable, flexible, but sturdy materials. Ruqaya Izzidien, Outside Online, "Fatimah Hussein Is America's Sports Hijab Pioneer," 6 June 2018 Campaign to governing are two different things and this president has been very, very flexible in terms of what is within the realm of the possible. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Disputes Chief of Staff, Says He Hasn’t ‘Evolved’ on Border Wall," 18 Jan. 2018 Campaign to governing are two different things, and this president is very, very flexible in terms of what is within the realm of the possible. Alex Shephard, New Republic, "Donald Trump will never give up on The Wall.," 18 Jan. 2018 Yet even when controlling for factors such as discrimination and flexible workplace policies, Diamond said there is still a gender gap in earnings that cannot be ignored. Author: Miranda Moore, Anchorage Daily News, "One reason for Uber’s gender pay gap: Men drive faster," 10 July 2018 More: Big changes brewing for Cowboys' offense after offseason shake-ups More: Dak Prescott willing to be flexible with Cowboys on next contract More: Ranking NFL backup QBs by team: Who has best contingency plan? Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "Cowboys training camp questions: Who steps up at receiver for Dak Prescott?," 12 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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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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