Definition of flexible in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfleksəb(ə)l/


1Capable of bending easily without breaking: flexible rubber seals
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  • Do this when the branches are about 6in long and flexible enough to bend at right angles.
  • This means that flexible pipe can be bent to a much smaller radius of curvature than rigid pipe without exceeding its elastic limit.
  • 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.
pliable, supple, bendable, pliant, plastic;
elastic, stretchy, whippy, springy, resilient, bouncy
informal bendy
1.1Able to be easily modified to respond to altered circumstances or conditions: flexible forms of retirement
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  • The report argued that management practices should be more flexible to allow laboratories to be more responsive to market forces.
  • I think the notions of international comity are sufficiently flexible to allow a development in that direction.
  • The waitresses said another reason they are happy at Hooters is that their work schedules are very flexible.
adaptable, adjustable, variable, versatile, open-ended, open, free
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
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  • He was flexible in changing his plans and beginning to teach a crowd which had gathered.
  • This is not a big team like some of our competitors, but we are flexible, we can change direction and we take decisions quickly.
  • They are flexible, hard working, extremely adaptable and always happy to help each other.
accommodating, amenable, willing to compromise, cooperative, tolerant, easygoing


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

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Syllabification: flex·i·ble

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