Definition of flexible in English:

flexible

Syllabification: flex·i·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈfleksəbəl
 
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adjective

  • 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.
    Synonyms
  • 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.
    Synonyms
    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.
    Synonyms
    accommodating, amenable, willing to compromise, cooperative, tolerant, easygoing

Derivatives

flexibly

adverb
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  • Training and learning must be developed and delivered more quickly and flexibly, in a variety of modalities, and at the moment of need.
  • And, finally, it must learn to react quickly and flexibly to new challenges.
  • Delphinids appear to be highly intelligent, adapting quickly and flexibly to novel situations.

Origin

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

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