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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Those constructed before around 1985 were often very flexible — allowing them to sway extensively from side to side. New York Times, "At Risk in a Big Quake: 39 of San Francisco’s Top High Rises," 14 June 2018 Bioplastics This very flexible term is currently used for a whole spectrum of plastics, encompassing both fossil-fuel- and biologically based plastics that are biodegradable and biologically-based plastics that are not biodegradable. National Geographic, "Plastics Explained, From A to Z," 16 May 2018 And this president has been very, very flexible in terms of what is within the realm of the possible. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Trump’s Big Mad After Chief of Staff Contradicts His Stance on Border Wall and Calls Him ‘Uninformed’: Report," 18 Jan. 2018 Older Americans are driving the trend, shifting their savings to take advantage of IRAs' more flexible withdrawal options, as well as some other perks that make the accounts more attractive than 401(k)s as people enter their golden years. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "3 reasons IRAs have edge over 401(k)s when it's time to tap your nest egg," 11 July 2018 Unlike the more flexible scheduling currently offered, children in these new spots will have to attend the program for six hours each day, five days a week, Conley said. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Some Lake County preschool programs to grow with new state dollars," 4 July 2018 Now the council is considering a bill sponsored by Councilman Ryan Dorsey that would substitute more flexible guidelines for the International Fire Code, which requires 20- and 26-foot street clearances for fire access. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore City Council examines allegations of bullying, intimidation of bicyclists by fire officials," 3 July 2018 And with the news that Nintendo relaunched the console this week—but yet again supply is an early hurdle for interested gamers—we're re-running this piece to help those of you with a DIY streak once build your own, more flexible alternative. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: One-upping the NES Classic Edition with the Raspberry Pi 3 and RetroPie," 30 June 2018 Allow more flexible zoning for the construction of underutilized housing products like accessory dwellings, multiplexes and cottage apartments. Amy Chance, sacbee, ""Build a lot more of it": What California can do to solve its housing problem," 18 June 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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