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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Recent Examples on the Web Based on research and principles of modernism, the Planning Unit gave flexible, open, and light-filled offices to giants like CBS and Cowles, publisher of the defunct Look magazine. Margaret Rhodes, Fortune, "The Luminaries—Past and Present—Reimagining the Modern Office," 30 Dec. 2019 The company’s factory was deliberately designed to be flexible, able to adjust to client’s needs. Dan Gunderson, Twin Cities, "Egg replacement tech puts western Minnesota on protein map," 28 Dec. 2019 There's also probably a number of conflicts with in-screen fingerprint reader technology and the flexible, bending, moving display. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Leaked images of new Samsung foldable surfaces: It’s a flip phone," 19 Dec. 2019 No one can stop being French, or flexible, or tall, says Mr Le Menestrel. The Economist, "For Olympic climbing’s route-setters, a blank wall is a canvas," 18 Dec. 2019 Other bones may be flexible, so something like a rib bone could become an excellent bow for a friction fire set. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "10 Deer Parts That Will Keep You Alive," 17 Dec. 2019 According to the National Center for Women and Policing, female police executives are more flexible, emotionally independent, self-assertive, self-confident, proactive and creative than their male counterparts. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Male police superintendents haven’t been all that great in Chicago. It’s time to give a woman a chance.," 11 Dec. 2019 In October, scientists announced a new prototype of a lithium-ion battery that’s flexible and incombustible, eliminating in one fell swoop two of the biggest safety complaints about these batteries. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "What Happens When You Cryogenically Freeze a Car Battery," 2 Dec. 2019 To serve this population’s needs, other institutions – from education to housing – must also be made more flexible, responsive and accessible. Jennifer Sarrett, The Conversation, "To stop police shootings of people with mental health disabilities, I asked them what cops – and everyone – could do to help," 12 Nov. 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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The first known use of flexible was in the 15th century

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14 Jan 2020

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“Flexible.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flexible?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=f&file=flexib01. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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More Definitions for flexible

flexible

adjective
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

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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