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

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Examples of inflexible in a Sentence

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

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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 For those with a small or inflexible budget, get creative with new forms of microfinancing. Linda Davis Taylor, SELF, "Beyond Giving Tuesday: How to Make a Giving Plan and Why You Need One," 26 Nov. 2018 But in that moment, their thinking is very inflexible and rigid. German Lopez, Vox, "Guns killed more people than car crashes in 2017," 11 Dec. 2018 In the process, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s landmarks preservation commission can become a living monument to inflexible and unreasonable civic governance. James Freeman, WSJ, "Will New York City Kill an Amazon Competitor?," 4 Dec. 2018 India Even the most inflexible jaws will drop on arrival at this imposing royal residence turned luxury hotel in the northern Indian city of Jodhpur. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 These colossal vehicles were simply too expensive, complex, and inflexible for more practical uses, like today's burgeoning industry of launching satellites for scientists, businesses, and the military. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Russia's New Rocket Project Might Resurrect a Soviet-Era Colossus," 24 July 2018 On this point, our morality instructor was inflexible, even when a student raised a vital concern about contracting an STD. Liana Schaffner, Teen Vogue, "The Boys at Brett Kavanaugh's School Called the Girls at Mine the "Whores on the Hill" and I Believed Them," 27 Sep. 2018 None of us, now in our mid-forties and relatively accomplished in our careers, anticipated how inflexible our personalities had grown, or our need to direct the situation. Anne Slowey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Fear and Self-Loathing in the American Southwest," 25 July 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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