inflexible

adjective
in·​flex·​i·​ble | \ (ˌ)in-ˈflek-sə-bəl How to pronounce inflexible (audio) \

Definition of inflexible

1 : rigidly firm in will or purpose : unyielding
2 : not readily bent : lacking or deficient in suppleness
3 : incapable of change : unalterable

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Other Words from inflexible

inflexibility \ (ˌ)in-​ˌflek-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce inflexibility (audio) \ noun
inflexibleness \ (ˌ)in-​ˈflek-​sə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce inflexibleness (audio) \ noun
inflexibly \ (ˌ)in-​ˈflek-​sə-​blē How to pronounce inflexibly (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for inflexible

inflexible, obdurate, adamant mean unwilling to alter a predetermined course or purpose. inflexible implies rigid adherence or even slavish conformity to principle. inflexible in their demands obdurate stresses hardness of heart and insensitivity to appeals for mercy or the influence of divine grace. obdurate in his refusal to grant clemency adamant implies utter immovability in the face of all temptation or entreaty. adamant that the work should continue

synonyms see in addition stiff

Examples of inflexible in a Sentence

the inflexible law of gravity shoes made of inflexible plastic hurt my feet

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In a New England Journal of Medicine editorial, a panel of experts cited examples such as inflexible thresholds on dosages, abrupt tapering and misapplication of the guidelines for people with cancer, sickle cell disease or recovering from surgery. Jayne O'donnell, USA TODAY, "Pain patients left in anguish by doctors 'terrified' of opioid addiction, despite CDC change," 24 June 2019 So operators demand for forages like corn silage is very inflexible. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Oil prices, war, and a bad corn crop," 23 June 2019 Once in Florida, Ms. Glusman, who has a degree in public relations, got a 9-to-5 job in the hospitality industry, doing marketing and sales, but the hours were too inflexible. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "The Call to Care for Aging Parents Comes Sooner Now," 6 Aug. 2018 His incessant work to make abrupt, violent regime change extremely hard has led to the construction of an inflexible, ossified system bound in equal measure by fear and corruption. Leonid Bershidsky, Twin Cities, "Leonid Bershidsky: Russia after Vladimir Putin," 5 June 2019 Arsenal endured a slow decline under their inflexible long-term manger Arsène Wenger, who was untouchable for many years until finally edged out of the door last season. 1843, "A league of their own: how English clubs conquered Europe," 7 June 2019 The calculus of pop power continues to drastically shift, but the framework of the summer anthem has remained an inflexible proposition. Jason Parham, WIRED, "2019's Top Contenders for the Song of Summer," 4 June 2019 For traveling farther, there are supersonic flights and subterranean trains, but those methods remain expensive and inflexible. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The World of 2045," 14 Oct. 2018 And, given that radicals have beliefs that tend to be associated with inflexible thinking, a team of researchers from University College London decided to see how metacognition works in individuals with radical political beliefs. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Political radicals don’t evaluate their own errors—about anything," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of inflexible

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for inflexible

Middle English, from Latin inflexibilis, from in- + flexibilis flexible

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inflexible

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of inflexible

: not easily influenced or persuaded
: not easily bent or twisted
: not easily changed

inflexible

adjective
in·​flex·​i·​ble | \ in-ˈflek-sə-bəl How to pronounce inflexible (audio) \

Kids Definition of inflexible

1 : not easily bent or twisted
2 : not easily influenced or persuaded an inflexible judge
3 : not easily changed inflexible rules

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