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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flexibility, flexiblenessnoun

    the property of being flexible; easily bent or shaped

  2. flexibility, flexiblenessnoun

    the quality of being adaptable or variable

    "he enjoyed the flexibility of his working arrangement"

  3. tractability, tractableness, flexibilitynoun

    the trait of being easily persuaded


  1. flexibilitynoun

    The quality of being flexible; suppleness; pliability.

  2. flexibilitynoun

    The quality of having options. "I have some flexibility."

  3. Etymology: From flexibilitas, from flecto.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Flexibilitynoun

    Etymology: flexibilité, French, from flexible.

    Do not the rays which differ in refrangibility differ also in flexibility? And are they not, by their different inflexions, separated from one another, so as after separation to make the colours? Isaac Newton, Opt.

    Corpuscles of the same set agree in every thing; but those that are of diverse kinds differ in specifick gravity, in hardness, and in flexibility, as in bigness and figure. John Woodward.

    Advise me to resolve rather to err by too much flexibility than too much perverseness, by meekness than by self-love. Henry Hammond, Pract. Catech.


  1. flexibility

    Stiffness is the extent to which an object resists deformation in response to an applied force.The complementary concept is flexibility or pliability: the more flexible an object is, the less stiff it is.


  1. flexibility

    Flexibility refers to the ability to adapt to different situations, conditions, changes, or challenges. It can relate to physical flexibility, such as the ability of muscles and joints to move through a wide range of motion, or to mental/emotional flexibility, which includes willingness to consider different ideas and viewpoints, adjust plans or behaviors, or manage unexpected circumstances. It is a quality often valued in various fields such as sports, business, and personal relationships.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flexibilitynoun

    the state or quality of being flexible; flexibleness; pliancy; pliability; as, the flexibility of strips of hemlock, hickory, whalebone or metal, or of rays of light

  2. Etymology: [L. flexibilitas: cf. F. flexibilite.]

Editors Contribution

  1. flexibility

    The quality of being flexible.

    The flexibility was welcomed everyone decided moving forward and fasttrack to continue to ensure an efficient change.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 29, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flexibility' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4645

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flexibility' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4016

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flexibility' in Nouns Frequency: #1858

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flexibility in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flexibility in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of flexibility in a Sentence

  1. Jochem Heizmann:

    We don't have the flexibility to integrate new models without directly losing capacity, we don't have the flexibility to react to seasonal effects. We don't have the flexibility to deal with life cycles of cars.

  2. Everett Dirksen:

    I am a man of principle, and one of my basic principles is flexibility.

  3. Stephen Harper:

    You should be under no doubt that the government will balance its budget next year. We are well within that range. Even with dramatically lower oil prices, we will balance the budget, the only question will be how much flexibility we have in the short term. This will obviously reduce some of our fiscal flexibility but it will not by any means stop us from reaching a balance and at the same time...making the important investments we've made.

  4. Philip Hammond:

    We have to get more flexibility from the Iranians, In return we are prepared to show some flexibility on our side. But time is short, we are up against a deadline here.

  5. David Goggins:

    We will have the flexibility to house a range of weapons that were too big to fit in our existing VLS tubes. We have inherent flexibility. As new payloads become available and as the demand and threat environment change – we will have the flexibility to adapt future payloads.

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