Definition of Flexible

1. Adjective. Capable of being changed. "Flexible schedules"

Similar to: Limber, Supple, Negotiable, On The Table
Derivative terms: Flexibleness
Antonyms: Inflexible



2. Adjective. Able to flex; able to bend easily. "Slim flexible birches"

3. Adjective. Able to adjust readily to different conditions. "An elastic clause in a contract"
Exact synonyms: Elastic, Pliable, Pliant
Similar to: Adaptable
Derivative terms: Flexibility, Flexibleness, Pliability, Pliancy, Pliantness

4. Adjective. Bending and snapping back readily without breaking.
Exact synonyms: Whippy
Similar to: Elastic
Derivative terms: Flexibility, Flexibleness

5. Adjective. Making or willing to make concessions. "Loneliness tore through him...whenever he thought of...even the compromising Louis du Tillet"
Exact synonyms: Compromising, Conciliatory
Similar to: Yielding
Antonyms: Uncompromising
Derivative terms: Conciliate, Flexibility, Flexibleness

Definition of Flexible

1. a. Capable of being flexed or bent; admitting of being turned, bowed, or twisted, without breaking; pliable; yielding to pressure; not stiff or brittle.

Definition of Flexible

1. Adjective. Capable of being flexed or bent without breaking; able to be turned, bowed, or twisted, without breaking; pliable; not stiff or brittle. ¹

2. Adjective. Willing or ready to yield to the influence of others; not invincibly rigid or obstinate; tractable; manageable; ductile; easy and compliant; wavering. ¹

3. Adjective. Capable or being adapted or molded; plastic,; as, a flexible language. ¹

4. Noun. (chiefly engineering and manufacturing) Something that is flexible ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Flexible

1. capable of being bent [adj] : FLEXIBLY [adv]

Medical Definition of Flexible

1. 1. Capable of being flexed or bent; admitting of being turned, bowed, or twisted, without breaking; pliable; yielding to pressure; not stiff or brittle. "When the splitting wind Makes flexible the knees of knotted oaks." (Shak) 2. Willing or ready to yield to the influence of others; not invincibly rigid or obstinate; tractable; manageable; ductile; easy and compliant; wavering. "Phocion was a man of great severity, and no ways flexible to the will of the people." (Bacon) "Women are soft, mild, pitiful, and flexible." (Shak) 3. Capable or being adapted or molded; plastic,; as, a flexible language. "This was a principle more flexible to their purpose." (Rogers) Synonym: Pliant, pliable, supple, tractable, manageable, ductile, obsequious, inconstant, wavering. Flex"ibleness, Flex"ibly. Origin: L. Flexibilis: cf. F. Flexible. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Flexible

flex
flex one's muscles
flexagon
flexagons
flexanimous
flexatone
flexatones
flexecutive
flexecutives
flexed
flexes
flexi-time
flexibilitas cerea
flexibilities
flexibility
flexible (current term)
flexible collodion
flexible joint
flexible sigmoidoscope
flexible sigmoidoscopy
flexibleness
flexibles
flexibly
flexicostate
flexicurity
flexihours
flexile
fleximeter
flexing
flexings

Literary usage of Flexible

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Design and Analysis of Integrated Manufacturing Systems by W. Dale Compton (1988)
"ABSTRACT flexible manufacturing offers productivity, affordability, and enhanced quality. Yet the far-reaching benefits are by no means automatic. ..."

2. Analytical Mechanics for Engineers by Fred B. Seely, Newton Edward Ensign (1921)
"flexible Cables.—In the following two articles the equilibrium of ... A cable is said to be perfectly flexible when it can offer no resistance to bending. ..."

3. NATO's Future: Toward a New Transatlantic Bargain by Stanley R. Sloan (1995)
"STRATEGY OF flexible RESPONSE The basis of this concept is that NATO should be able to deter, and if necessary, to counter military aggression of varying ..."

4. Crabb's English Synonyms by George Crabb (1917)
"flexible is used in a natural or moral sense; pliable, in the familiar sense only; ... A temper is flexible which yields to the entreaties of others; ..."

5. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1859)
""It is in the case of the flexible stethoscope that the hydrophone forms a material aid in auscultation by hearing-tubes. The flexible stethoscope is here ..."

6. Transactions of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1891)
"A NO VEL FORM OF flexible TUBING. ... IT seemed to me at first rather a wild kind of an idea to make a metallic tube which would be quite flexible, ..."

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