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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Flexible \Flex"i*ble\, a. [L. flexibilis: cf. F. flexible.]
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
This was a principle more flexible to their purpose.
Syn: Pliant; pliable; supple; tractable; manageable; ductile;
obsequious; inconstant; wavering. -- Flex"i*ble*ness,
n. -- Flex"i*bly, adv.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: capable of being changed; "flexible schedules" [ant:
2: able to flex; able to bend easily; "slim flexible birches"
[syn: flexible, flexile] [ant: inflexible]
3: able to adjust readily to different conditions; "an adaptable
person"; "a flexible personality"; "an elastic clause in a
contract" [syn: elastic, flexible, pliable, pliant]
4: bending and snapping back readily without breaking [syn:
5: making or willing to make concessions; "loneliness tore
through him...whenever he thought of...even the compromising
Louis du Tillet" [syn: compromising, conciliatory,
flexible] [ant: inflexible, sturdy, uncompromising]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
129 Moby Thesaurus words for "flexible":
able to adapt, acquiescent, adaptable, adaptive, adjustable,
all-around, alterable, alterative, ambidextrous, amenable,
amphibious, bendable, bending, biddable, bouncy, buoyant,
changeable, checkered, complaisant, compliant, conformable,
convenient, cooperative, creased, crimped, docile, dog-eared,
doubled, ductile, easy, elastic, ever-changing, extensible,
extensile, fabricable, facile, feasible, fictile, flexile,
flexuous, flounced, fluid, fluted, foldable, folded, folding,
foolproof, formable, formative, gathered, generally capable,
giving, handy, impermanent, impressible, impressionable,
kaleidoscopic, like putty, limber, lissome, lithe, lithesome,
lively, malleable, manageable, maneuverable, many-sided,
metamorphic, mobile, modifiable, moldable, movable, mutable,
nonuniform, obedient, other-directed, permutable, persuadable,
persuasible, plaited, plastic, pleated, pliable, pliant, plicate,
plicated, plicatile, practical, protean, proteiform, quilled,
receptive, resilient, resourceful, responsive, rubbery, ruffled,
sensitive, sequacious, shapable, springy, stretch, stretchable,
stretchy, submissive, supple, susceptible, tensile, tractable,
tractile, transient, transitory, tucked, twilled, two-handed,
unaustere, undemanding, unexacting, unharsh, unsevere, unstrict,
untroublesome, variable, versatile, whippy, wieldable, wieldy,
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