Definition of flexible
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>
flexibilityplay \ˌflek-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
flexiblyplay \ˈflek-sə-blē\ adverb
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.
First Known Use of flexible
Synonym Discussion of flexible
FLEXIBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of flexible for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of flexible for Students
1 : possible or easy to bend <flexible plastic>
2 : easily changed <a flexible schedule>
Word Root of flexible
The Latin word flectere, meaning “to bend” or “to curve,” and its form flexus give us the roots flect and flex. Words from the Latin flectere have something to do with bending or curving. To flex is to cause something, such as a muscle, to curve or bend. Something flexible can be bent without breaking. To deflect, or turn aside, is to bend the direction of something. To reflect is to bend an image back to the person looking at a mirror or other shiny surface.
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