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 inflexible (audio) \ noun
inflexibleness \ (ˌ)in-​ˈflek-​sə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce inflexible (audio) \ noun
inflexibly \ (ˌ)in-​ˈflek-​sə-​blē How to pronounce inflexible (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 servile 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
Recent Examples on the Web Any setup based on hardware locked into traditional facilities is fatally encumbered by inflexible and time-consuming workflows. Ian Mcdonough, Forbes, 2 June 2021 An inflexible roster and lack of organizational depth – particularly with long-term commitments like Aaron Hicks and Luis Severino shelved and Corey Kluber likely out an extended period – is rearing its head. USA Today, 31 May 2021 This data is often accumulated over many years, fragmented across many repositories and stored on outdated or inflexible technology—all of which hinder the progress of even the best data strategies. Jennifer Manry, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 And could the palace, by being too inflexible to keep the Sussexes in the royal circle — if the Sussexes really wanted to stay — have lost two people who could have helped remake the monarchy, and so too save it? Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2021 The ones that are inflexible, or mandate 100 percent in person work, are likely going to find a dwindling pool of talent looking for that value proposition. Robert Glazer, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 The giant reptiles lived between 66 million and 225 million years ago, and their unusual proportions—big heads at the end of long, inflexible necks—have long puzzled scientists. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Apr. 2021 Raised in Cairo, Egypt, he was born with detached lenses in his eyes, an uncommonly short stature and inflexible hands. Hannah Edgar,, 15 Apr. 2021 Hochschild’s envious, inflexible salesclerk reappears in Goleman’s book, now adapted for his purposes. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2021

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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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10 Jun 2021

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“Inflexible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inflexible

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


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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