flexible

adjective
flex·​i·​ble | \ ˈflek-sə-bəl How to pronounce flexible (audio) \

Essential Meaning of flexible

1 : capable of bending or being bent 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.
2 : easily changed Our schedule for the weekend is very flexible. : able to change or to do different things This computer program has to be flexible to meet all our needs.
3 : willing to change or to try different things Whatever you want to do is fine with me. I'm flexible.

Full 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

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 Made with a thick-but-flexible silicone and equipped with flat bottoms, Zip Top bags are durable, leakproof, and can stand upright without flopping over. Bon Appétit, 11 Jan. 2022 Polymega emerged as a pricey-but-flexible path to emulating a ton of classic CD and cartridge systems' libraries. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 6 Jan. 2022 As the world continues to be disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, organizations worldwide are reshaping their workforce to be more flexible, distributed, and employee-centric. Ashley Kramer, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Lonergan thinks libraries and publishers can work out less expensive and more flexible terms. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 31 Dec. 2021 Sriraj said partnerships with ride-share companies could also be a solution, allowing more flexible services to feed a main, fixed route. Sarah Freishtat, chicagotribune.com, 29 Dec. 2021 Removal from the physical environment of school might have initially lowered stress for kids who were worried about grades or peer pressure, and some kids might have thrived with more flexible routines. Kat Mckim, Fortune, 22 Dec. 2021 Marriott, meanwhile, is focused on offering more flexible scheduling for its workers. Bruce Horovitz, Time, 20 Dec. 2021 The trials also worked because both employees and employers were flexible, willing to experiment and make changes when something didn’t work. Virginia Lau, Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Oct. 2021

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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
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 flexible (audio) \ noun, plural flexibilities

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