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English

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Etymology

From Latin flexibilis; compare French flexible.

Pronunciation

\Flex"i*ble\

Adjective

flexible (comparative more flexible, superlative most flexible)

Positive
flexible

Comparative
more flexible

Superlative
most flexible

  1. Capable of being flexed or bent without breaking; able to be 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. -Shakespeare
  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. -Francis Bacon.
    Women are soft, mild, pitiful, and flexible. -Shakespeare
  3. Capable or being adapted or molded; plastic,; as, a flexible language.
    This was a principle more flexible to their purpose. -Rogers.

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Translations

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References

  • flexible in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

Noun

Singular
flexible

Plural
flexibles

flexible (plural flexibles)

  1. (chiefly engineering and manufacturing) Something that is flexible
    • 2009 August 19, Terry McCrann, “Win-win deal for the times”, Herald Sun:
      Alcan is mostly flexibles -- and so it boosts Amcor's flexible packaging business to a globally significant $7 billion one.

French

Etymology

From Latin flexibilis.

Pronunciation

Adjective

flexible (epicene, plural flexibles)

  1. flexible

Derived terms

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Spanish

Adjective

flexible m. and f. (plural flexibles)

  1. flexible (all senses)

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