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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Shutterstock There are a plethora of reasons to travel with kids; travel teaches young children to be flexible, can help instill a love of adventure, and exposes families to new cultures. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The best things to do with kids in 13 U.S. cities," 20 Nov. 2018 Something this bulky, which encourages shorter mouse movements, is also horrible for gaming—the company’s G502 Proteus Spectrum is more flexible there. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the home and home office," 19 Nov. 2018 The hours are flexible, the work is on-demand, and on a rolling basis. Michelle Lee, Allure, "CEO and Author Jaclyn Johnson on Why Self-Care Is the Key to Success," 21 Aug. 2018 Silicone Straws Unlike structured glass and metal straws, silicone straws tend to be flexible, making them easier to fit them into smaller and different cup openings. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "A List of the Best Reusable Straws Because It's Time to Ditch the Plastic Ones," 26 July 2018 Lovelace, the social service agency spokeswoman, said the format of training programs would be flexible, including learning online or in conference calls. Debbie Truong, Washington Post, "Parents fear proposed regulations could jeopardize co-op preschools in Virginia," 10 July 2018 The most flexible wood will warp into a bend called a reflex. Andrew Del-colle And Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make a Bow and Arrow By Hand," 5 June 2018 Shutterstock There are a plethora of reasons to travel with kids; travel teaches young children to be flexible, can help instill a love of adventure, and exposes families to new cultures. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The best things to do with kids in 13 U.S. cities," 27 Aug. 2018 Henry had left his coaching role at Arsenal after rejecting a full-time offer from the club, but the report claims that the Gunners may be more flexible this time round should the 40-year-old wish to continue with his other commitments. SI.com, "Report: Thierry Henry in Talks to Join Mikel Arteta at Arsenal," 19 May 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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