Definition of flexibility in English:

flexibility

noun

mass noun
  • 1The quality of bending easily without breaking.

    ‘players gained improved flexibility in their ankles’
    • ‘It requires core strength, shoulder stability, lower-body power, and flexibility.’
    • ‘And the panel assesses hip flexibility by asking dancers to sit in a wide second position.’
    • ‘For the professional and recreational athlete, improved flexibility decreases the chance of injury and enhances performance.’
    • ‘Her fitness techniques focus on cardiovascular, resistance and flexibility training.’
    • ‘The last thing I would suggest technically is that you must really work on your stretching and overall flexibility.’
    • ‘Consistent with this premise, the corresponding loop in alpha-tubulin looses flexibility upon polymerization.’
    • ‘The quality of my work has vastly improved and the flexibility of the material has enabled me to use it in so many ways.’
    • ‘The chain's flexibility is to a limited degree controllable.’
    • ‘One measure of flexibility is whether you have full range of motion of the injured body part.’
    • ‘I ended up going to a small assembler where flexibility was real.’
    • ‘As bodies age, strength and flexibility become harder to maintain.’
    • ‘Some forward flex stiffness is good; too much flexibility gives you less ankle support and control.’
    • ‘Very few masters women or men retain the extreme flexibility to do this style.’
    • ‘The mature consumer may benefit from the flexibility of a fabric like pleather.’
    pliability, suppleness, pliancy, malleability, mouldability, stretchability, workability, limberness, ductility, plasticity
    adaptability, adjustability, open-endedness, openness, openness to change, changeability, freedom, latitude, mobility, variability, fluidity, versatility, wriggle room, wiggle room
    willingness to compromise, accommodation, adaptability, amenability, cooperation, tolerance, forgivingness
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    1. 1.1 The ability to be easily modified.
      ‘I enjoyed the flexibility of the schedule’
      • ‘And it is one that owes much to a marked flexibility in monetary and fiscal policy.’
      • ‘The flexibility of the medium is another attraction for artists.’
      • ‘That takes away the flexibility of connecting from multiple locations.’
      • ‘Funds that are not tethered to a specific sector of the market can use that flexibility to temper risk.’
      • ‘This provides to our customers enormous system memory flexibility.’
      • ‘The only flexibility in this theorem is choosing the order in which the values of k are used.’
      • ‘They offer the flexibility to buy anything from designer outfits to DVDs.’
      • ‘There is also little demonstration of compassion, humor or flexibility in this work.’
      • ‘The paint spray process is entirely manual, for maximum paint color flexibility.’
      • ‘According to Chakma, due to flexibilities in the system, no labour cuts will be made.’
      • ‘The signing gives offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy good flexibility with his offensive line.’
      • ‘Flexibility of neuroendocrine response is an important aspect of adaptation to social context.’
      • ‘In most spheres, there is some flexibility in gender roles.’
      • ‘The advantages include a high degree of flexibility in movement and torque.’
      • ‘If you have that flexibility within your starting line-up, great.’
      • ‘Moreover, there is some flexibility in this national treatment standard.’
      • ‘Templates should be available, but the product should provide flexibility for variations of design.’
      • ‘It is that very flexibility that makes Radio such an attractive medium to Alexander.’
      • ‘Has the development of this term brought greater flexibility to this area of the law of contract?’
      • ‘Perhaps the zero tolerance rule is being applied without flexibility.’
    2. 1.2 Willingness to change or compromise.
      ‘the government has shown flexibility in applying its policy’
      • ‘Both manufacturers and dealers need flexibility in running their businesses.’
      • ‘They don't want any flexibility on their part to be misconstrued as a sign of weakness.’
      • ‘Such flexibility is, however, not characteristic of the EU countries.’
      • ‘Today that means developing a ferocious work ethic, self-discipline, competitive zeal, and flexibility.’
      • ‘The Commission has, within the processes, flexibility to deal with the French situation.’

Pronunciation

flexibility

/ˌflɛksɪˈbɪlɪti/