flexible

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English[edit]

A flexible tube
A flexible display
A flexible gymnast

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French flexible, from Latin flexibilis, from flectō (I bend, curve).

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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈflɛk.sɪ.bəl/, /ˈflɛk.sə.bəl/
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

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; not stiff or brittle.
    When the splitting wind Makes flexible the knees of knotted oaks. -William 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. -William 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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Noun[edit]

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.

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Asturian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin flexibilis.

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flexible (epicene, plural flexibles)

  1. flexible

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Catalan[edit]

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From Latin flexibilis.

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flexible m, f (masculine and feminine plural flexibles)

  1. flexible

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French[edit]

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From Latin flexibilis.

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flexible (masculine and feminine, plural flexibles)

  1. flexible

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Galician[edit]

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From Latin flexibilis.

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flexible m, f (plural flexibles)

  1. flexible

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin flexibilis, from flectō (I bend, curve).

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flexible m, f (plural flexibles)

  1. flexible (all senses)

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