Definition of flexibility in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌflɛksɪˈbɪlɪti/


[mass noun]
1The quality of bending easily without breaking: players gained improved flexibility in their ankles
More example sentences
  • 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, malleability, mouldability, stretchability, workability, limberness, ductility, plasticity;
elasticity, stretch, stretchiness, whippiness, springiness, spring, resilience, give, bounce, bounciness
informal bendiness
rare flexility, tensility
adaptability, adjustability, open-endedness, openness, openness to change, changeability, freedom, latitude, mobility, variability, fluidity, versatility, wriggle room, wiggle room
willingness to compromise, accommodation, adaptability, amenability, cooperation, tolerance, forgivingness
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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