- The definition of flexible is someone or something that bends easily, is easily persuaded or can be changed easily.
- An example of flexible is a yoga expert.
- An example of flexible is a work schedule that allows work to be done at any time during the day.
This woman is very flexible.
- able to bend without breaking; not stiff or rigid; easily bent; pliant
- easily persuaded or influenced; tractable
- adjustable to change; capable of modification: a flexible voice
Origin of flexibleMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin flexibilis ; from flexus: see flex
- a. Capable of being bent or flexed; pliable: a flexible hose.b. Readily bending or twisting the body without injury: You can play soccer much better if you're flexible.
- Able to change to cope with variable circumstances: “a flexible and quietly competent administrator” (Jerome Karabel).
- Capable of being changed or adjusted to meet particular or varied needs: a job with flexible hours; a flexible definition of normality.
Origin of flexibleFrom Latin flexibilis, from flexus, past participle of flectere, to bend.
- flex′i·bil′i·ty, flex′i·ble·ness
(comparative more flexible, superlative most flexible)
- Capable of being flexed or bent without breaking; able to be turned, bowed, or twisted, without breaking; pliable; not stiff or brittle.
- When the splitting wind Makes flexible the knees of knotted oaks. -William Shakespeare
- 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. -William Shakespeare
- Capable or being adapted or molded; plastic,; as, a flexible language.
- This was a principle more flexible to their purpose. -Rogers.
- (chiefly engineering and manufacturing) Something that is flexible.
From Middle French flexible, from Latin flexibilis, from flectō (“I bend, curve”).