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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 flexible language. This was a principle more flexible to their purpose. (Rogers)
Synonym: pliant, pliable, supple, tractable, manageable, ductile, obsequious, inconstant, wavering.
Flexibleness, Flexibly.
Origin: L. Flexibilis: cf. F. Flexible.

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