flexible

Something that is flexible is easily bent without breaking. The flexible drinking straw was invented in the 1930s by a man who saw his daughter struggling to drink a milkshake with a straight paper straw.

The word flexible can refer to bendable physical objects or to intangibles like a person's mind, which can be changed. It can even refer to work environments that can adapt schedules and benefits to fit a worker's individual needs. Being physically flexible usually means good health, with no pain in movement. In all, it's great to be flexible, to be able to bend without breaking and bounce back, ready to keep going.

Primary Meanings of flexible

1.
adj
able to flex; able to bend easily
2.
adj
able to adjust readily to different conditions
Full Definitions of flexible
1

adj able to flex; able to bend easily

“slim flexible birches”
Synonyms:
flexile
elastic
capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy
bendable, pliable, pliant, waxy
capable of being bent or flexed or twisted without breaking
double-jointed
having unusually flexible joints especially of the limbs or fingers
limber, supple
(used of persons' bodies) capable of moving or bending freely
limber
(used of artifacts) easily bent
spinnable, spinnbar
capable of being spun into fibres
stretched
(of muscles) relieved of stiffness by stretching
Antonyms:
inflexible
resistant to being bent
inelastic
not elastic
muscle-bound
having stiff muscles as the result of excessive exercise
rigid, stiff
incapable of or resistant to bending
semirigid
not fully rigid
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adj bending and snapping back readily without breaking

Synonyms:
whippy
elastic
capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy
2

adj able to adjust readily to different conditions

“a flexible personality”
Synonyms:
elastic, pliable, pliant
adaptable
capable of adapting (of becoming or being made suitable) to a particular situation or use

adj capable of being changed

flexible schedules”
Synonyms:
limber, supple
(used of e.g. personality traits) readily adaptable
negotiable, on the table
able to be negotiated or arranged by compromise
Antonyms:
inflexible
incapable of change
adamant, adamantine, inexorable, intransigent
impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, reason
die-hard, rock-ribbed
tradition-bound and obstinately opinionated
fossilised, fossilized, ossified
set in a rigidly conventional pattern of behavior, habits, or beliefs
hard-core
stubbornly resistant to change or improvement
brassbound, ironclad
inflexibly entrenched and unchangeable
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adj making or willing to make concessions

Synonyms:
compromising, conciliatory
yielding
tending to give in or surrender or agree
Antonyms:
inflexible, sturdy, uncompromising
not making concessions
hard-line, hardline
firm and uncompromising
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