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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Exterior Wood Primer & Undercoat dries to a more flexible finish to allow the wood to expand and contract, while added breathability keeps moisture from getting trapped inside the wood, which can cause the paint to blister and bubble. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Ready For A Paint Makeover? Here's What You Need To Know About Primer," 16 Jan. 2019 The kiosks were meant to be an endlessly flexible, endlessly expandable public architecture, matching enclosure to social patterns. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Concrete utopia," 12 July 2018 The library instead will contain a flexible event space with about 300 seats. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "Does Boise need a new performing arts center? Or should it just expand the Egyptian? | Idaho Statesman," 5 Mar. 2018 These demands inspired Yale roboticist Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio and her team to develop what is basically robotic skin — a flexible material that can animate any inanimate object. James Vincent, The Verge, "This ‘robotic skin’ can bring your stuffed toys to life," 24 Sep. 2018 The designers also used flexible, lightweight materials like a Japanese Kyotex lurex yarn, a nylon and rayon blend, and a polyester and spandex blend. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Fitbit Gets a Redesign Thanks to the Knitwear Experts Behind PH5," 19 July 2018 The adjustable strap is made from flexible material and fits comfortably for all-day use. Anna Hecht, CNN Underscored, "Garmin releases GPS smartwatch that holds up to 500 songs," 13 June 2018 Using CT scans that are manipulated via special software, a team of engineers creates model fashioned from flexible materials that re-create the texture of the aorta and its surrounding structures. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "Surgeons are using 3-D-printed organs to figure out the best way to operate," 11 June 2018 The organic nerves are made out of soft, flexible organic materials and are surprisingly cheap to manufacture, which means scientists could eventually add in many artificial nerves to help pick up different types of sensory information. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "These Artificial Nerves Could Allow Prosthetic Limbs to Feel," 3 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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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 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 -ties

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