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

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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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Retirement plan experts cite key reasons why IRAs are a better place to hold retirement assets: More flexible withdrawal options Having a sizable nest egg is one thing. 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 At a display industry conference in May, the buzz was about prototypes of screens that were flexible enough to roll and flap in the wind. Geoffrey A. Fowler, chicagotribune.com, "Whoa! Meet the future phones that fold up, have 9 cameras and charge over thin air.," 6 July 2018 At a display industry conference in May, the buzz was about prototypes of screens that were flexible enough to roll and flap in the wind. Geoffrey Fowler, courant.com, "Future Phones: They Fold Like Napkins, Have 9 Cameras, Charge Over Thin Air," 6 July 2018 The idea, Wolff and Conley agree, is that nobody knows what type of transit will be most popular, affordable or efficient in a decade, so the I-35 expansion lanes should be flexible enough to accommodate as many options as possible. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio-Austin MPOs working to ready I-35 for population boom," 5 July 2018 The tool was even flexible enough to navigate a complex call with a person with a thick accent. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Google Assistant wants to talk to you like a friend—and call in your dinner reservation," 8 May 2018 At the same time, opening a store has become more affordable as higher mall vacancies have prompted landlords to offer flexible leases and other perks. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "Brands born on the internet embrace physical stores," 12 Dec. 2018 FSAs, or flexible spending accounts, are a benefit most health insurance plans offer that allow individuals to use pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible health care expenses, including some consumer health products. Jordana Kier And Alex Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tampon Tax Is Just Another Example of Women's Inequality," 7 Dec. 2018 While the technology around these digital streets is still under discussion, new plans suggest the flexible nature of the streetscape will be a boon to pedestrians. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Sidewalk Labs’s updated smart city plan aims for ‘people-first public realm’," 30 Nov. 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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