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flexible adj
1 extended meanings; capable of change; "a flexible character"; "flexible schedules" [ant: inflexible]
2 able to flex; able to bend easily; "slim flexible birches" [syn: flexile] [ant: inflexible]
3 able to adjust readily to different conditions; "an adaptable person"; "a flexible personality"; "an elastic clause in a contract" [syn: elastic, pliable, pliant]
4 bending and snapping back readily without breaking
5 making or willing to make concessions; "loneliness tore through him...whenever he thought of...even the compromising Louis du Tillet" [syn: compromising, conciliatory] [ant: uncompromising]

User Contributed Dictionary



From flexibilis; confer French flexible.




  1. Capable of being flexed or bent without breaking; able to be turned, bowed, or twisted, without breaking; pliable; yielding to pressure; not stiff or brittle.
    When the splitting wind Makes flexible the knees of knotted oaks. -
  2. Willing or ready to yield to the influence of others; not invincibly rigid or obstinate; tractable; manageable; ductile; easy and compliant; wavering.
    Phocion was a man of great severity, and no ways flexible to the will of the people. -Bacon.
    Women are soft, mild, pitiful, and flexible. -
  3. Capable or being adapted or molded; plastic,; as, a flexible language.
    This was a principle more flexible to their purpose. -Rogers.


easily bent without breaking
  • Czech: ohebný
  • Finnish: joustava
  • German: biegsam, flexibel, elastisch, dehnbar
  • Hungarian: hajlékony
  • Russian: гибкий
easy and compliant
  • Finnish: joustava
  • German: fügsam, flexibel, elastisch, nachgiebig
  • Hungarian: alkalmazkodó
  • Russian: покладистый
capable or being adapted or molded
  • Finnish: joustava
  • German: flexibel, dehnbar, weich
  • Hungarian: rugalmas
  • Russian: гибкий


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flexible in Korean: 플렉서블

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