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.

Definitions of flexible
  1. adjective
    able to flex; able to bend easily
    “slim flexible birches”
    synonyms: flexile
    capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy
    bendable, pliable, pliant, waxy
    capable of being bent or flexed or twisted without breaking
    having unusually flexible joints especially of the limbs or fingers
    limber, supple
    (used of persons' bodies) capable of moving or bending freely
    (used of artifacts) easily bent
    spinnable, spinnbar
    capable of being spun into fibres
    (of muscles) relieved of stiffness by stretching
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    resistant to being bent
    not elastic
    having stiff muscles as the result of excessive exercise
    rigid, stiff
    incapable of or resistant to bending
    not fully rigid
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  2. adjective
    bending and snapping back readily without breaking
    synonyms: whippy
    capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy
  3. adjective
    able to adjust readily to different conditions
    “a flexible personality”
    synonyms: elastic, pliable, pliant
    capable of adapting (of becoming or being made suitable) to a particular situation or use
  4. adjective
    capable of being changed
    flexible schedules”
    limber, supple
    (used of e.g. personality traits) readily adaptable
    negotiable, on the table
    able to be negotiated or arranged by compromise
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    incapable of change
    adamant, adamantine, inexorable, intransigent
    impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, or reason
    die-hard, rock-ribbed
    tradition-bound and obstinately opinionated
    fossilised, fossilized, ossified
    set in a rigidly conventional pattern of behavior, habits, or beliefs
    stubbornly resistant to change or improvement
    brassbound, ironclad
    inflexibly entrenched and unchangeable
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  5. adjective
    making or willing to make concessions
    synonyms: compromising, conciliatory
    tending to give in or surrender or agree
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    inflexible, sturdy, uncompromising
    not making concessions
    hard-line, hardline
    firm and uncompromising
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