What does flexible mean?

Definitions for flexible
ˈflɛk sə bəlflex·i·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flexible(adj)

    capable of being changed

    "flexible schedules"

  2. flexible, flexile(adj)

    able to flex; able to bend easily

    "slim flexible birches"

  3. elastic, flexible, pliable, pliant(adj)

    able to adjust readily to different conditions

    "an adaptable person"; "a flexible personality"; "an elastic clause in a contract"

  4. flexible, whippy(adj)

    bending and snapping back readily without breaking

  5. compromising, conciliatory, flexible(adj)

    making or willing to make concessions

    "loneliness tore through him...whenever he thought of...even the compromising Louis du Tillet"

Wiktionary

  1. flexible(Noun)

    Something that is flexible

    Etymology: From flexibilis, from flecto. Compare French flexible.

  2. flexible(Adjective)

    Capable of being flexed or bent without breaking; able to be turned, bowed, or twisted, without breaking; pliable; not stiff or brittle.

    When the splitting wind Makes flexible the knees of knotted oaks. -William Shakespeare

    Etymology: From flexibilis, from flecto. Compare French flexible.

  3. flexible(Adjective)

    Willing or ready to yield to the influence of others; not invincibly rigid or obstinate; tractable; manageable; ductile; easy and compliant; wavering.

    Etymology: From flexibilis, from flecto. Compare French flexible.

  4. flexible(Adjective)

    Capable or being adapted or molded; plastic,; as, a flexible language.

    This was a principle more flexible to their purpose. -Rogers.

    Etymology: From flexibilis, from flecto. Compare French flexible.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flexible(adj)

    capable of being flexed or bent; admitting of being turned, bowed, or twisted, without breaking; pliable; yielding to pressure; not stiff or brittle

  2. Flexible(adj)

    willing or ready to yield to the influence of others; not invincibly rigid or obstinate; tractable; manageable; ductile; easy and compliant; wavering

  3. Flexible(adj)

    capable or being adapted or molded; plastic,; as, a flexible language

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flexible

    fleks′i-bl, Flexile, fleks′il, adj. easily bent: pliant: docile.—v.t. Flex, to bend or make a flexure of.—adjs. Flexan′imous, influencing the mind; Flexed, bent.—ns. Flex′ibleness, Flexibil′ity, pliancy: easiness to be persuaded.—adv. Flex′ibly.—ns. Flex′ion, Flec′tion, a bend: a fold: the action of a flexor muscle; Flex′or, a muscle which bends a joint, as opposed to Extensor.—adjs. Flex′ūous, Flex′ūose, of windings and turnings: variable.—n. Flex′ūre, a bend or turning: (math.) the curving of a line or surface: the bending of loaded beams: (Shak.) obsequious bowing. [L. flexibilis, flexilisflectĕre, flexum, to bend.]

Editors Contribution

  1. flexible

    Able to change or adjust where just and fair.

    Flexible working hours is always wise.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flexible' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3930

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flexible' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4660

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flexible' in Adjectives Frequency: #526

How to pronounce flexible?

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How to say flexible in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flexible in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flexible in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of flexible in a Sentence

  1. Sarah Carroll:

    Our regulatory system is efficient and flexible, and I am confident that designation will not impact plans for the Strand Bookstore, in fact, the type of work she has described is typical for commercial storefronts and permits can often be issued quickly by staff.

  2. Bruce Lee:

    Not being tense but ready. Not thinking but not dreaming. Not being set but flexible. Liberation from the uneasy sense of confinement. It is being wholly and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come.

  3. Greg Stucker:

    I think everyone understands by the nature of how much product we have to produce, and the time it takes to produce them, we're not as flexible as everyone else is, i think everybody recognizes that. We're trying to move things around and be as flexible as we can. So, we'll react as we need to.

  4. Virginia Satir:

    Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible--the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nuturing family.

  5. Sutton Fell:

    This is something we try to educate people on all the time, any change in the way we are used to doing things will feel 'hard' at first, but the great thing is that the management style that works best with flexible workers is also the style that results in better productivity, a more engaged and collaborative team, and a better functioning team overall.

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