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flexible

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1 capable of being readily changed
  • fortunately, that working mother has a very flexible schedule for her office job

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2 not bound by rigid standards
  • parents with a flexible attitude when it comes to the children's bedtime

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3 able to bend easily without breaking
  • the tent was held up by crisscrossing flexible rods threaded through the top

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4 able to revert to original size and shape after being stretched, squeezed, or twisted
  • used a flexible plastic for the toy

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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

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The first known use of flexible was in the 15th century

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“Flexible.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/flexible. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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