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.
When the splitting wind
Makes flexible the knees of knotted oaks.
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.
Women are soft, mild, pitiful, and
3. Capable or being adapted or molded;
plastic,; as, a flexible language.
This was a principle more flexible to their
Syn. -- Pliant; pliable; supple; tractable; manageable;
ductile; obsequious; inconstant; wavering.
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