Definition of flexibility in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌfleksəˈbilədē/


1The quality of bending easily without breaking: players gained improved flexibility in their ankles
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  • I ended up going to a small assembler where flexibility was real.
  • The mature consumer may benefit from the flexibility of a fabric like pleather.
  • The chain's flexibility is to a limited degree controllable.
pliability, suppleness, pliancy, plasticity;
elasticity, stretchiness, springiness, spring, resilience, bounce
informal give
adaptability, adjustability, variability, versatility, open-endedness, freedom, latitude
cooperation, amenability, accommodations, tolerance, willingness to compromise
1.1The ability to be easily modified: I enjoyed the flexibility of the schedule
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  • The paint spray process is entirely manual, for maximum paint color flexibility.
  • Perhaps the zero tolerance rule is being applied without flexibility.
  • In most spheres, there is some flexibility in gender roles.
1.2Willingness to change or compromise: the government has shown flexibility in applying its policy
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  • The Commission has, within the processes, flexibility to deal with the French situation.
  • Both manufacturers and dealers need flexibility in running their businesses.
  • Today that means developing a ferocious work ethic, self-discipline, competitive zeal, and flexibility.

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Syllabification: flex·i·bil·i·ty

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