Definition of inflexibility in English:



mass noun
  • 1Unwillingness to change or compromise.

    ‘he had a reputation for arrogance and inflexibility’
    • ‘The utter inflexibility of the negotiators when they got their chance to state their demands allowed them to be politically outflanked.’
    • ‘In 1660, he welcomed Charles II back, but his inflexibility at the Savoy conference helped its breakdown.’
    • ‘His firmness should not be confused with inflexibility.’
    • ‘Her colleagues, if they are prudent, acknowledge her inflexibility of principle.’
    • ‘I find that her continued intractability and inflexibility since the April 2001 agreement has unnecessarily precipitated this round of litigation.’
    • ‘In a broader perspective, his stubbornness and inflexibility were immature and indescribably destructive.’
    • ‘With those countries increasingly uneasy about what they saw as the president's inflexibility, the administration ran the risk of losing control of the talks.’
    • ‘The meeting failed to find a basis for agreement because of his inflexibility and the inability of the other leaders to form a common political front.’
    • ‘Men called him a dictator because they feared moral inflexibility in one who had power.’
    • ‘He took his father's beliefs seriously, but his taciturnity implied not strength but inflexibility.’
    1. 1.1 Inability to be changed or adapted to particular circumstances.
      ‘one of the reasons for wage inflexibility is labour market regulation’
      ‘the inflexibility of their schedule’
      • ‘The original data model fostered some inflexibility in being able to modify the database.’
      • ‘This is a party that fetishizes the inflexibility of a written constitution.’
      • ‘The crisis that followed was attributed to the fixed-rate regimes and the inflexibility of the financial system.’
      • ‘She points to the inflexibility of wages as evidence that wages were at least partially determined by custom.’
      • ‘The inflexibility of "mission-oriented" research is a limiting feature in a university context.’
      • ‘If you have just a few years, 529 plans may not be best, given their relative inflexibility.’
      • ‘The problem of inflexibility arising out of the law's requirement that companies have directors is still troublesome.’
      • ‘The portrayal of a woman's loss of her home, husband, and child through the inflexibility of social welfare eventually led to this housing charity.’
      • ‘His autism causes inflexibility of thought, which means accepting change for him is difficult.’
      • ‘Despite the inflexibility of constitutional provisions, he continued to pursue amendments as means to address immediate political concerns.’
  • 2Inability to be bent; stiffness.

    ‘the inflexibility of the metal’
    • ‘The number-one reason most people sustain injury to the hip is due to muscle weakness or inflexibility.’
    • ‘Weakness and inflexibility in the forearm muscles makes tennis elbow more likely.’
    • ‘The soft-tissue tightness may be from muscle inflexibility due to significant and repetitive eccentric muscle forces during arm deceleration.’
    • ‘Common causes of injury include training errors, inadequate shoes, faulty biomechanics, and muscle dysfunction/inflexibility.’
    • ‘The cause of their back problems was the inflexibility and weight of the rigs they were carrying.’
    • ‘The most likely culprits are overtraining after periods of inactivity, inflexibility, and running downhill or on concrete or sand.’
    • ‘He firmly dispelled the prevailing theory that weight training resulted in inflexibility.’
    • ‘Exercise can help you avoid the stiffness and pain that result from inflexibility.’
    • ‘He was the world-famous acrobat who proved that bodybuilding does not lead to inflexibility or the inability to excel in other sports.’
    • ‘He examined 300 patients for inflexibility of the ears and found 11 patients with calcification of the auricular cartilage.’