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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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 Set everything up, but be flexible about being pulled aside for press interviews. Jenni Corwin, Teen Vogue, "What Exactly a Die-In Is, and How to Organize Your Own," 6 July 2018 Federal guidance can be less flexible, Reeves said. Cassie Cope And Fred Clasen-kelly, charlotteobserver, "Her sick mom's care was costing her thousands and they 'didn't even give you sheets'," 31 May 2018 Greece is now more flexible in terms of its labor markets than Bangladesh. Felipe Ossa, Daily Intelligencer, "Yanis Varoufakis Has Some Ideas About How to Save The Future," 25 May 2018 The second floor includes four en-suite bedrooms that are spacious in size and flexible in design. Lisa Zapalac, Houston Chronicle, "Tanglewood home offers amenities throughout," 20 May 2018 Modern vehicle architectures are designed to be very flexible in size. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Will the new Ford Mustang be an SUV in disguise?," 26 Apr. 2018 His position on the issues has been as flexible as his place of residence has been. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Here's How This Mitt Romney Situation Will Play Out," 16 Feb. 2018 As such, the salad is incredibly flexible and can be adapted to suit personal tastes — or what’s in season at the farmers’ market. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "5 showstopping salads for the 4th of July," 3 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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More Definitions for flexible

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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