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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] flexibilis; confer French flexible.

Pronunciation

\Flex"i*ble\

Adjective

flexible (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
flexible

Comparative
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  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. -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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French

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:fr:Template:lang:la derivations]] flexibilis

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /flɛk.sibl/

Adjective

flexible

  1. flexible

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