Definition of inflexibility in US English:



  • 1Unwillingness to change or compromise.

    ‘he had a reputation for arrogance and inflexibility’
    • ‘In 1660, he welcomed Charles II back, but his inflexibility at the Savoy conference helped its breakdown.’
    • ‘The utter inflexibility of the negotiators when they got their chance to state their demands allowed them to be politically outflanked.’
    • ‘Her colleagues, if they are prudent, acknowledge her inflexibility of principle.’
    • ‘Men called him a dictator because they feared moral inflexibility in one who had power.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In a broader perspective, his stubbornness and inflexibility were immature and indescribably destructive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I find that her continued intractability and inflexibility since the April 2001 agreement has unnecessarily precipitated this round of litigation.’
    • ‘His firmness should not be confused with inflexibility.’
    • ‘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 labor market regulation’
      ‘the inflexibility of their schedule’
      • ‘The crisis that followed was attributed to the fixed-rate regimes and the inflexibility of the financial system.’
      • ‘The original data model fostered some inflexibility in being able to modify the database.’
      • ‘If you have just a few years, 529 plans may not be best, given their relative inflexibility.’
      • ‘His autism causes inflexibility of thought, which means accepting change for him is difficult.’
      • ‘The problem of inflexibility arising out of the law's requirement that companies have directors is still troublesome.’
      • ‘Despite the inflexibility of constitutional provisions, he continued to pursue amendments as means to address immediate political concerns.’
      • ‘This is a party that fetishizes the inflexibility of a written constitution.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The inflexibility of "mission-oriented" research is a limiting feature in a university context.’
      • ‘She points to the inflexibility of wages as evidence that wages were at least partially determined by custom.’
  • 2Inability to be bent; stiffness.

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