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. [1913 Webster]

When the splitting wind Makes flexible the knees of knotted oaks. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Willing or ready to yield to the influence of others; not invincibly rigid or obstinate; tractable; manageable; ductile; easy and compliant; wavering. [1913 Webster]

Phocion was a man of great severity, and no ways flexible to the will of the people. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

Women are soft, mild, pitiful, and flexible. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Capable or being adapted or molded; plastic,; as, a flexible language. [1913 Webster]

This was a principle more flexible to their purpose. --Rogers.

Syn: Pliant; pliable; supple; tractable; manageable; ductile; obsequious; inconstant; wavering. -- {Flex"i*ble*ness}, n. -- {Flex"i*bly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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