Definition of flexibly in US English:



  • 1In a way that can change so as to adapt to different circumstances.

    ‘the ability of governments to respond flexibly to changing economic circumstances’
    ‘most women who have children want to work flexibly’
    • ‘There is clearly a need for regulators to have some discretion, to enable them to respond flexibly depending on contexts.’
    • ‘Like the opening date, the closing date will be interpreted flexibly.’
    • ‘Such resources can therefore be managed flexibly to meet the child's changing needs.’
    • ‘It is reckoned that 50 percent of the workforce will be working flexibly by the end of the year.’
    • ‘Rather than focusing on managing existing infrastructure, administrators can focus on more flexibly supporting new business requirements.’
    • ‘Capital in the form of money can now marshal resources flexibly.’
    • ‘A targeted assignment of these rights, which can also react flexibly to changes, is therefore vital.’
    • ‘Here near the very end of his career, he conducts Mahler's score flexibly.’
    • ‘Small, craft-based, flexibly specialized enterprises can alter production quickly to exploit changing market conditions.’
    • ‘Critics charged that the nation was no longer able flexibly to meet its strategic obligations.’
    1. 1.1 In a way that bends easily without breaking.
      ‘the robot can move flexibly and smoothly over uneven surfaces’
      • ‘It can interact with softness as well as hardness, so that at times it moves flexibly as if it were flowing.’
      • ‘These yoga poses are for the flexibly impaired.’
      • ‘At least one connector member is disposed between adjacent tubular members to flexibly connect adjacent tubular members.’
      • ‘It can move flexibly and smoothly over slopes and uneven surfaces.’
      • ‘This skeleton comes flexibly mounted on a wooden base for easy display in the classroom.’
      • ‘Cartilaginous extensions at the front flexibly couple each rib pair to the breastbone, or sternum, allowing "thoracic" breathing.’
      • ‘The flexibly jointed, modular form provides good seismic resistance.’
      • ‘It is used to flexibly couple pipes with the same diameter.’
      • ‘The seven helices are flexibly moving within the environment, showing the importance of a dynamic perspective.’
      • ‘Flexibly mounted motors swung about so much that the gears were stripped.’