Definition of flexibility in English:



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

    ‘players gained improved flexibility in their ankles’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And the panel assesses hip flexibility by asking dancers to sit in a wide second position.’
    • ‘The mature consumer may benefit from the flexibility of a fabric like pleather.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Consistent with this premise, the corresponding loop in alpha-tubulin looses flexibility upon polymerization.’
    • ‘For the professional and recreational athlete, improved flexibility decreases the chance of injury and enhances performance.’
    • ‘The last thing I would suggest technically is that you must really work on your stretching and overall flexibility.’
    • ‘As bodies age, strength and flexibility become harder to maintain.’
    • ‘It requires core strength, shoulder stability, lower-body power, and flexibility.’
    • ‘Her fitness techniques focus on cardiovascular, resistance and flexibility training.’
    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
    pliability, suppleness, pliancy, malleability, mouldability, stretchability, workability, limberness, ductility, plasticity
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    1. 1.1The ability to be easily modified.
      ‘I enjoyed the flexibility of the schedule’
      • ‘This provides to our customers enormous system memory flexibility.’
      • ‘It is that very flexibility that makes Radio such an attractive medium to Alexander.’
      • ‘There is also little demonstration of compassion, humor or flexibility in this work.’
      • ‘According to Chakma, due to flexibilities in the system, no labour cuts will be made.’
      • ‘Moreover, there is some flexibility in this national treatment standard.’
      • ‘Flexibility of neuroendocrine response is an important aspect of adaptation to social context.’
      • ‘The flexibility of the medium is another attraction for artists.’
      • ‘And it is one that owes much to a marked flexibility in monetary and fiscal policy.’
      • ‘Perhaps the zero tolerance rule is being applied without flexibility.’
      • ‘The paint spray process is entirely manual, for maximum paint color flexibility.’
      • ‘If you have that flexibility within your starting line-up, great.’
      • ‘That takes away the flexibility of connecting from multiple locations.’
      • ‘The only flexibility in this theorem is choosing the order in which the values of k are used.’
      • ‘The signing gives offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy good flexibility with his offensive line.’
      • ‘Has the development of this term brought greater flexibility to this area of the law of contract?’
      • ‘They offer the flexibility to buy anything from designer outfits to DVDs.’
      • ‘Templates should be available, but the product should provide flexibility for variations of design.’
      • ‘Funds that are not tethered to a specific sector of the market can use that flexibility to temper risk.’
      • ‘The advantages include a high degree of flexibility in movement and torque.’
      • ‘In most spheres, there is some flexibility in gender roles.’
    2. 1.2Willingness to change or compromise.
      ‘the government has shown flexibility in applying its policy’
      • ‘The Commission has, within the processes, flexibility to deal with the French situation.’
      • ‘Such flexibility is, however, not characteristic of the EU countries.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Today that means developing a ferocious work ethic, self-discipline, competitive zeal, and flexibility.’