What does inflexible mean?

Definitions for inflexible
ɪnˈflɛk sə bəlin·flex·i·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inflexibleadjective

    incapable of change

    "a man of inflexible purpose"

  2. uncompromising, sturdy, inflexibleadjective

    not making concessions

    "took an uncompromising stance in the peace talks"; "uncompromising honesty"

  3. inflexibleadjective

    resistant to being bent

    "an inflexible iron bar"; "an inflexible knife blade";

  4. inflexible, rigid, unbendingadjective

    incapable of adapting or changing to meet circumstances

    "a rigid disciplinarian"; "an inflexible law"; "an unbending will to dominate"


  1. inflexibleadjective

    Not flexible; not capable of bending or being bent; stiff; rigid; firm; unyielding.

  2. inflexibleadjective

    Not willing to change, e.g. one's opinion or habits; obstinate; stubborn; resolute; determined.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Inflexibleadjective

    Etymology: French; inflexibilis, Latin.

    Such errors as are but acorns in our younger brows, grow oaks in our older heads, and become inflexible to the powerful arm of reason. Thomas Browne, Vul. Err. Preface to.

    Too great rigidity and elasticity of the fibres makes them inflexible to the causes, to which they ought to yield. Arbuthnot.

    The man resolv'd and steady to his trust,
    Inflexible to ill, and obstinately just. Addison.

    A man of an upright and inflexible temper, in the execution of his country's laws, can overcome all private fear. Addison.

    The nature of things are inflexible, and their natural relations unalterable: we must bring our understandings to things, and not bend things to our fancies. Isaac Watts.


  1. inflexible

    Inflexible refers to the inability or unwillingness to change or adapt to different circumstances, ideas, or people. It can also refer to a physical property, describing something that is rigid, hard, or not easily bent or manipulated.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inflexibleadjective

    not capable of being bent; stiff; rigid; firm; unyielding

  2. Inflexibleadjective

    firm in will or purpose; not to be turned, changed, or altered; resolute; determined; unyieding; inexorable; stubborn

  3. Inflexibleadjective

    incapable of change; unalterable; immutable

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inflexible in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inflexible in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of inflexible in a Sentence

  1. Oliver L. North:

    There is no moral middle ground. Indifference is not an option. ... For the sake of our children, I implore each of you to be unyielding and inflexible in your opposition to drugs.

  2. Iris Murdoch:

    In almost every marriage there is a selfish and an unselfish partner. A pattern is set up and soon becomes inflexible, of one person always making the demands and one person always giving way.

  3. Labor Minister Panos Skourletis:

    They are asking us to not touch anything (of the austerity measures) that have ruined Greek people's lives in the last five years, the IMF is the most inflexible side ... the most extreme voices of the Brussels Group.

  4. Tony Marnell:

    This inflexible requirement has been a fundamental barrier to financing high-speed rail in our country, is our leadership going to force projects throughout the United States to seek financial support for infrastructure in our country from foreign governments?

  5. Nicole Mason:

    Those sectors are less likely to have flexibility, so when employers are inflexible or women can't come to work because of caregiving responsibilities — they have to exit the workforce.

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