Definition of inflexible in English:

inflexible

Line breaks: in|flex¦ible
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈflɛksɪb(ə)l
 
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adjective

1Unwilling to change or compromise: once she had made up her mind, she was inflexible
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  • 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.
Synonyms
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
1.1Not able to be changed or adapted to particular circumstances: inflexible rules
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  • 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
Synonyms
unalterable, unchangeable, unvarying, unwavering, unshakeable, entrenched;
firm, fixed, set, established, hard and fast, uncompromising;
2Not able to be bent; stiff: heavy inflexible armour
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  • 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.
Synonyms
rigid, stiff, non-flexible, unyielding, unbending, unbendable, taut, hard, firm, inelastic
rare impliable, unmalleable

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin inflexibilis, from in- 'not' + flexibilis 'flexible'.

Derivatives

inflexibility

Pronunciation: /-ˈbɪlɪti/
noun
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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.

inflexibly

adverb
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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?

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