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ˈflɛk sə bəlflex·i·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flexibleadjective

    capable of being changed

    "flexible schedules"

  2. flexible, flexileadjective

    able to flex; able to bend easily

    "slim flexible birches"

  3. elastic, flexible, pliable, pliantadjective

    able to adjust readily to different conditions

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

  4. flexible, whippyadjective

    bending and snapping back readily without breaking

  5. compromising, conciliatory, flexibleadjective

    making or willing to make concessions

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

Wiktionary

  1. flexiblenoun

    Something that is flexible

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

  2. flexibleadjective

    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. flexibleadjective

    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. flexibleadjective

    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. Flexibleadjective

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

  2. Flexibleadjective

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

  3. Flexibleadjective

    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  

Entomology

  1. Flexible

    pliable; with elastic properties.

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

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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. John Moore:

    Proteins are very flexible in their abilities to interact with receptors or antibodies; they are capable of [tolerating] mutation in quite a number of different ways to achieve the same endpoint.

  2. Tim Smith:

    I think people, COVID or not, are looking for a more adaptable work environment. R. Riveter is embracing being flexible as a strength rather than a burden, i think it will be a growing part of every industry.

  3. Becca Wasser:

    If we are trying to have a flexible posture where we are not tied to permanent bases, ... you are going to need to back it up with a logistics network that can make sure you can flow in people and weaponry as needed.

  4. Jeremy Douglas:

    Migrant smugglers operate in highly flexible networks and quickly adapt to changing circumstances, such as redirecting routes in response to increased border controls, in addition, the production and use of fraudulent documents are widespread.

  5. The Washington Post:

    What delta means is that the battle against the coronavirus will be ongoing for some time, possibly years. We have to be flexible and determined, using all the tools available, most obviously, when we have a tool that works and a vaccine, why would we not take full advantage?

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