- 1Unwilling to change or compromise: once she had made up her mind, she was inflexibleMore example sentences
stubborn, obstinate, obdurate, intractable, intransigent, unbending, immovable, inexorable, unadaptable, unaccommodating; hidebound, set in one's ways, blinkered, single-minded, pig-headed, mulish; uncompromising, dogged, adamant, firm, resolute, diehard, steely, iron-willed, dyed-in-the-wool• formal refractory
- When you disagree with her or won't go along with something she wants to do, she's completely inflexible and unwilling to compromise.
- People over 35 were thought to be ‘too inflexible and unwilling to learn’.
- It would appear that the new order of Catholicism is as equally inflexible and uncompromising, as the old order would appear to be.
- 1.1Not able to be changed or adapted to particular circumstances: inflexible rulesMore example sentences
- The contract is inflexible, whatever the circumstances.
- And it's not surprising that governments make inflexible stands in circumstances such as these relating to children.
- This week's inflexible attitudes and blinkered thinking is just the scenario you naughty Aquarians love to be outrageous and make mischief in
- 2Not able to be bent; stiff: heavy inflexible armourMore example sentences
- Janice was fairly stiff and inflexible, with a bad back, so the movements were geared to her level of ability.
- Your vertebrae begin to grow together, forming vertical bony outgrowths and becoming stiff and inflexible.
- When they're cold, they're stiff and inflexible, and forcibly stretching them could lead to injury or strains.
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- As for Churchill, I thought that it was precisely his inflexibility and stubbornness that made him a great war leader, at a time when England might have done little to oppose Nazi Germany.
- She is forced into this position because she equates evolution with genetic determinism and inflexibility of behavior.
- Forty-five per cent of respondents were dissatisfied with the length and inflexibility of hours worked, which were not conducive to family life.
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- It is the consequence of a basically linguistically-orientated content delivered inflexibly and mechanistically.
- She is often inflexibly wrong but passionately convincing.
- Isn't it more important to save one more life than inflexibly sticking to the rules?
late Middle English: from Latin inflexibilis, from in- 'not' + flexibilis 'flexible'.