flexible

adjective
flex·​i·​ble | \ ˈflek-sə-bəl How to pronounce flexible (audio) \

Essential Meaning of flexible

1 : capable of bending or being bent flexible branches swaying in the breeze a material that is both strong and flexible She's been doing exercises to become stronger and more flexible.
2 : easily changed Our schedule for the weekend is very flexible. : able to change or to do different things This computer program has to be flexible to meet all our needs.
3 : willing to change or to try different things Whatever you want to do is fine with me. I'm flexible.

Full Definition of flexible

1 : capable of being flexed : pliant flexible branches swaying in the breeze
2 : yielding to influence : tractable a flexible person without strong convictions
3 : characterized by a ready capability to adapt to new, different, or changing requirements a flexible foreign policy a flexible schedule

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Other Words from flexible

flexibility \ ˌflek-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce flexible (audio) \ noun
flexibly \ ˈflek-​sə-​blē How to pronounce flexible (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for flexible

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

Examples of flexible in a Sentence

flexible branches swaying in the breeze a material that is both strong and flexible She's been doing exercises to become stronger and more flexible. Our schedule for the weekend is very flexible. This computer program has to be flexible to meet all our needs. Whatever you want to do is fine with me. I'm flexible.
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Recent Examples on the Web To achieve this goal, work needs to be flexible and tailored around the needs and desires of the individual, says Daniel Shapero, COO of LinkedIn. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 Riley said the state’s current policy requires school districts to be flexible. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Oct. 2021 As for the triangle bra, the material is extremely soft, the color is gorgeous, and the fit is flexible. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 30 Sep. 2021 That might require the Buckeyes to be being flexible and move people around to find that person. Stephen Means, cleveland, 13 Sep. 2021 Having learned lots of lessons about audience outreach from that first near-miss, for the second year under COVID, MIFF organizers strategized a hybrid 2021 event that was flexible and built for change. Patrick Frater, Variety, 9 Sep. 2021 Moran and other parents who talked with the Tribune acknowledged having to be flexible this year. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, 30 Aug. 2021 What were best practices in June may not be the best choices for September, so any pandemic policy should be flexible. Dallas News, 23 Aug. 2021 The reports have put church officials in an awkward position: Priests take a vow of celibacy that is in no way flexible, and the downloading or use of dating apps by clergy members is inconsistent with that vow. New York Times, 20 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of flexible

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for flexible

Middle English, borrowed from Latin flexibilis, from flexus (past participle of flectere "to cause to go in a different direction, bend, curve," of uncertain origin) + -ibilis -ible

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19 Oct 2021

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“Flexible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flexible. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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flexible

adjective
flex·​i·​ble | \ ˈflek-sə-bəl How to pronounce flexible (audio) \

Kids Definition of flexible

1 : possible or easy to bend flexible plastic
2 : easily changed a flexible schedule

flexible

adjective
flex·​i·​ble | \ ˈflek-sə-bəl How to pronounce flexible (audio) \

Medical Definition of flexible

: capable of being flexed : capable of being turned, bowed, or twisted without breaking flexible bandages a flexible fiber-optic bronchoscope

Other Words from flexible

flexibility \ ˌflek-​sə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce flexible (audio) \ noun, plural flexibilities

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