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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: easily bent or able to bend without breaking; pliable.
Rubber is a flexible material.
bendable, lithe, pliable, pliant, supple
brittle, inflexible, stiff
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ductile, elastic, limber, malleable, plastic, resilient, soft, springy, tractable
definition 2: adapting or adaptable to changing circumstance.
We have a flexible plan in case it rains this afternoon.
adaptable, adjustable, conformable, elastic, pliable, supple
absolute, immovable, inflexible, uncompromising
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accommodating, amenable, changeable, compliant, fluid, malleable, responsive
definition 3: able to be swayed or influenced; pliant.
Once my mother made a decision, it was final; but my dad was always flexible.
ductile, pliant
hardheaded, hidebound, impenetrable, inflexible, opinionated, set, stern
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biddable, complaisant, compliant, docile, malleable, pliable, soft, suggestible, tractable, yielding
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adverb + (adj.)flexible extremely, highly, less, more, somewhat, sufficiently
(adj.)flexible + adverb enough
(adj.)flexible + noun account, approach, arrangement, benefit, blade, boundary, capability, child-care, circuit, connector, coupling, criteria, curriculum, diaphragm, dollar, examination, exchange, fabric, flexibility, foam, format, frame, framework, funding, grouping, guideline, hose, hour, instrument, joint, labor, laryngoscopy, liner, manner, manufacturing, mechanism, membrane, nail, option, pension, pipe, plastic, polymer, pricing, regulation, response, robot, rod, schedule, scheduling, scope, shaft, sigmoidoscopy, spending, spine, steel, stem, strategy, structure, substrate, tactic, tool, tube, tubing, work, working, workplace [See all][See only the most frequent]
derivations: flexibly (adv.), flexibility (n.)
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Word Parts  About this feature
The word flexible contains the following parts:
flect, flex Latin root that means bend
-able, -ible, -ble Latin adjective-forming suffix that means capable of being, doing, or undergoing
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The suffix -able , and its variants, is attached to Latin verb roots or English transitive verbs to form adjectives. (In a small set of cases, -able is attached to a noun, e.g. knowledgeable and marriageable.) For spelling purposes, it is useful to know that -able is more likely to be added to a whole English word (comparable , adorable ), while -ible is more likely to follow a bound root (visible , legible ). However,there are still many words which combine a root with -able (capable , inevitable ). The suffix -ity can be added to any adjective ending in -able , -ible , -ble to produce a corresponding noun ending in -ability, -ibility, -bility (possible + -ity > possibility; irrevocable + -ity > irrevocability.)
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acceptable, accessible, admissible, adorable, amiable, amicable, audible, avoidable, believable, bearable, biodegradable, capable, calculable, cognizable, comparable, compatible, comprehensible, conformable, conversable, convertible, corrigible, credible, creditable, curable, dependable, despicable, disagreeable, disposable, divisible, eligible, explicable, flammable, flexible, illegible, illimitable, imaginable, immiscible, immovable, immutable, impalpable, impassable, impeccable, impermeable, impermissible, imperturbable, implacable, implausible, imponderable, impossible, impregnable, inalienable, inaudible, incapable, incalculable, incommunicable, incomprehensible, inconceivable, detectable, conceivable, incorrigible, incredible, incurable, indefeasible, indelible, indescribable, indestructible, indivisible, indomitable, ineligible, ineluctable, ineradicable, inescapable, inevitable, inexorable, inexpiable, inexplicable, infallible, inhospitable, inimitable, inscrutable, inseparable, insuperable, intangible, interminable, intractable, invaluable, invariable, invincible, invisible, irrefragable, irrefutable, irremissible, irreparable, irreversible, irrevocable, legible, likable, lovable, manageable, measurable, movable, navigable, notable, opposable, palpable, perishable, permissible, placable, portable, possible, potable, predictable, preferable, prescriptible, recognizable, remissible, reprehensible, reversible, risible, semipermeable, sensible, superable, susceptible, tangible, tenable, tolerable, tractable, transmissible, unsupportable, usable, viable, visible, washable, affordable, allowable, reliable, remarkable, approachable, disputable, drinkable, durable, eatable, renewable, sustainable, unshakable