Definition of flexible in English:

flexible

adjective

  • 1Capable of bending easily without breaking.

    ‘flexible rubber seals’
    • ‘He may have several thin flexible tubes put into him.’
    • ‘Soft hydrophilic contact lenses, made of flexible plastic are larger and cover the entire cornea.’
    • ‘Those who come to Yoga learn ways to breathe, stretch and become more flexible.’
    • ‘Do this when the branches are about 6in long and flexible enough to bend at right angles.’
    • ‘Both aerobic and strength training can actually make you less flexible if you don't add stretching exercises.’
    • ‘The radiator was fitted and the fan wires will be run through the plastic flexible conduit.’
    • ‘This means that flexible pipe can be bent to a much smaller radius of curvature than rigid pipe without exceeding its elastic limit.’
    • ‘A flexible rubber matrix forms when a small amount of diene is added to the mix.’
    • ‘A flexible bronchoscope was used to locate choke points.’
    • ‘The answer may be in making them slightly flexible, so that gently bending them makes them work.’
    • ‘A catheter (a thin flexible tube) is then inserted through the urethra into the bladder.’
    • ‘A moment later, he had exposed four wires and a flexible pneumatic conduit.’
    • ‘The gray matter you see cradling the iPod above is some type of flexible rubber stuff.’
    • ‘The flexible rubber sole is unrestricting, enabling great movement of the entire foot.’
    • ‘The highly flexible, strong tubing was developed specifically for medical device applications.’
    • ‘Your balancing reflexes can't kick in unless your leg muscles are strong enough and your joints flexible enough to respond.’
    • ‘Catheters are thin flexible tubes which are inserted into the bladder to allow urine to be passed.’
    • ‘Thankfully an eardrum is a flexible tissue stretched taut over the inner ear.’
    • ‘The body of a sea-lion is so flexible that it can bend over backwards and just about touch its nose to the tips of its back flippers.’
    • ‘The frame should be rigid, not flexible and the springing as firm as a mattress.’
    pliable, supple, easily bent, bendable, pliant, malleable, mouldable, stretchable, workable, limber, ductile, tensile, plastic
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    1. 1.1 Able to be easily modified to respond to altered circumstances or conditions.
      ‘flexible forms of retirement’
      • ‘And then, at that time, your life becomes flexible.’
      • ‘What youngsters needed, Shirai decided, was a school that would be flexible enough to meet their changing needs.’
      • ‘The basins will be moveable depending on light and weather to keep the space as flexible as possible.’
      • ‘The basic game system is flexible enough to permit many variations.’
      • ‘But for a company as big as Microsoft, staying flexible is anything but simple.’
      • ‘The report argued that management practices should be more flexible to allow laboratories to be more responsive to market forces.’
      • ‘HP also says that businesses have to be flexible to adapt to change.’
      • ‘The waitresses said another reason they are happy at Hooters is that their work schedules are very flexible.’
      • ‘The hospice's very flexible approach to providing care and support to the entire family is working well.’
      • ‘While not flexible enough to adjust for all situations, the quiz is a useful gauge.’
      • ‘But such measures are expensive, and don't seem flexible enough to deal with the problem.’
      • ‘In short the party of change must now show itself flexible enough to change its own central strategy.’
      • ‘In the meantime, I'm trying to keep the organization as flexible as possible.’
      • ‘Because we kept our schedule flexible, we were able to return to the plaza again and again.’
      • ‘The plans should remain flexible to accommodate changes in patients' needs and circumstances.’
      • ‘However not all the papers were flexible enough to incorporate additional commentary into their coverage.’
      • ‘To stay flexible, I recommend keeping the investment in the parents' name.’
      • ‘Therefore, the most successful programs were those that were attuned to the future and flexible enough to respond quickly.’
      • ‘The airline has a fairly flexible approach to the extra weight of diving gear.’
      • ‘I think the notions of international comity are sufficiently flexible to allow a development in that direction.’
      adaptable, adjustable, open-ended, open, open to change, changeable, variable, fluid, versatile
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    2. 1.2 (of a person) ready and able to change so as to adapt to different circumstances.
      ‘you can save money if you're flexible about where your room is located’
      • ‘Mind you, we're very flexible with the options that may be put to us in a commercial sense or residential sense.’
      • ‘This is not a big team like some of our competitors, but we are flexible, we can change direction and we take decisions quickly.’
      • ‘Eddie votes to have votes, but he is very flexible I will tell you that.’
      • ‘You've grown quite a bit and become rather flexible in the past month.’
      • ‘By contrast, the people Haus namechecks are far more flexible actors.’
      • ‘You need to keep your feet steady on the ground, yet remain flexible to bend with the storms.’
      • ‘If you are not flexible enough to mix with any culture then you will not succeed, nor will you if you are not professional.’
      • ‘Fourthly, if people are flexible about when they travel we could actually see more people working in Central London not fewer.’
      • ‘Be flexible and elastic about plans and ideas and avoid emotional or ego conflicts.’
      • ‘They are flexible, hard working, extremely adaptable and always happy to help each other.’
      • ‘The actors were incredibly flexible, even though they were dealing with a deep well of emotional trauma.’
      • ‘The best teachers are creative and flexible in their thinking.’
      • ‘Most skippers are flexible enough to allow the customers as much involvement as they wish.’
      • ‘Mourinho is a flexible man with a flexible team, who can change styles of play to suite each individual match scenario.’
      • ‘‘He has always treated me as an equal, and he is also a very flexible guy,’ she says.’
      • ‘If only they were that flexible when it came to paying for the goods.’
      • ‘He was flexible in changing his plans and beginning to teach a crowd which had gathered.’
      • ‘She is flexible, she works well with kids, and she can communicate with her peers.’
      • ‘There is no restaurant, but breakfast is served on the roof terrace, and the friendly staff are flexible about when you have it.’
      • ‘We must remain flexible enough to deal with surprise.’
      accommodating, adaptable, amenable, biddable, willing to compromise, cooperative, tolerant, forgiving, long-suffering, easy-going
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin flexibilis, from flectere ‘to bend’.

Pronunciation

flexible

/ˈfleksəb(ə)l//ˈflɛksəb(ə)l/