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inflexibility

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the quality or state of being demanding or unyielding (as in discipline or criticism)
  • the principal's inflexibility in matters of discipline is the stuff of school legend

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inflexible

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of inflexible (Entry 2 of 2)

1 not capable of changing or being changed
  • the inflexible law of gravity

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2 incapable of or highly resistant to bending
  • shoes made of inflexible plastic hurt my feet

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3 not allowing for any exceptions or loosening of standards
  • inflexible entry rules for the contest ban anyone who works for the company as well as any of their relatives

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4 sticking to an opinion, purpose, or course of action in spite of reason, arguments, or persuasion
  • her inflexible father was unmoved by tears and pleading, and he grounded her anyway

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How is the word inflexible distinct from other similar adjectives?

The words rigid and stiff are common synonyms of inflexible. While all three words mean "difficult to bend," inflexible stresses lack of suppleness or pliability.

ski boots with inflexible soles

In what contexts can rigid take the place of inflexible?

The words rigid and inflexible are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, rigid applies to something so stiff that it cannot be bent without breaking.

a rigid surfboard

When might stiff be a better fit than inflexible?

The meanings of stiff and inflexible largely overlap; however, stiff may apply to any degree of this condition.

stretching keeps your muscles from becoming stiff

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“Inflexibility.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/inflexibility. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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