inflexible

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adjective in·flex·i·ble \(ˌ)in-ˈflek-sə-bəl\

Definition of inflexible

  1. 1 :  rigidly firm in will or purpose :  unyielding

  2. 2 :  not readily bent :  lacking or deficient in suppleness

  3. 3 :  incapable of change :  unalterable

inflexibility

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inflexibleness

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inflexibly

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Examples of inflexible in a Sentence

  1. the inflexible law of gravity

  2. shoes made of inflexible plastic hurt my feet

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Origin and Etymology of inflexible

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

Synonym Discussion of 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


INFLEXIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

inflexible

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Definition of inflexible for English Language Learners

  • : not easily influenced or persuaded

  • : not easily bent or twisted

  • : not easily changed


INFLEXIBLE Defined for Kids

inflexible

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adjective in·flex·i·ble \in-ˈflek-sə-bəl\

Definition of inflexible for Students

  1. 1 :  not easily bent or twisted

  2. 2 :  not easily influenced or persuaded an inflexible judge

  3. 3 :  not easily changed inflexible rules



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