Inflexible In*flex"i*ble, a. [L. inflexiblis: cf. F. inflexible. See {In-} not, and {Flexible}.] 1. Not capable of being bent; stiff; rigid; firm; unyielding. [1913 Webster]

2. Firm in will or purpose; not to be turned, changed, or altered; resolute; determined; unyieding; inexorable; stubborn. [1913 Webster]

``Inflexibleas steel.'' --Miltom. [1913 Webster]

A man of upright and inflexible temper . . . can overcome all private fear. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

3. Incapable of change; unalterable; immutable. [1913 Webster]

The nature of things is inflexible. --I. Watts.

Syn: -- Unbending; unyielding; rigid; inexorable; pertinacious; obstinate; stubborn; unrelenting. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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