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a. Capable of being bent or flexed; pliable: a flexible hose.
b. Readily bending or twisting the body without injury: You can play soccer much better if you're flexible.
2. Able to change to cope with variable circumstances: "a flexible and quietly competent administrator" (Jerome Karabel).
3. Capable of being changed or adjusted to meet particular or varied needs: a job with flexible hours; a flexible definition of normality.

[From Latin flexibilis, from flexus, past participle of flectere, to bend.]

flex′i·bil′i·ty, flex′i·ble·ness n.
flex′i·bly adv.
Synonyms: flexible, elastic, resilient, supple
These adjectives refer literally to what is capable of withstanding stress without damage and figuratively to what can undergo change or modification: a flexible wire; flexible plans; an elastic rubber band; an elastic interpretation of the law; thin, resilient copper; a resilient temperament; supple suede; a supple mind.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.flexibly - with flexibility; "`Come whenever you are free,' he said flexibly"
inflexibly - in an inflexible manner; "`You will--because you must!,' Madam told her inflexibly"


(lit) connected, mountedelastisch
(fig) use, respond, interpret, workflexibel


[ˈflɛksɪblɪ] advin modo flessibile
References in classic literature ?
He carried close to his leg a narrow unsheathed sword (small, curved, and not like a real weapon) and looked now at the superior officers and now back at the men without losing step, his whole powerful body turning flexibly.
Long ago the heap of coins had become too large for the iron pot to hold them, and he had made for them two thick leather bags, which wasted no room in their resting-place, but lent themselves flexibly to every corner.
Regus reports a growth of nearly five per cent in enquiries from June-August and suggests the figures are an indication that businesses in Birmingham and beyond are starting to think more flexibly about how and where they work.
Bosses with "half a brain cell" should realise the importance of offering people the chance to work flexibly, according to a Government minister.
WORKING flexibly means parents should find it easier to manage their work-life balance, yet a new survey has found that only a quarter of parents work from home or juggle their hours to make family life easier.
Staff who work flexibly tend to be happier because they're not having to juggle childcare, or whatever it is they have to do, with their work," she says.
OLDER women are being "frozen out" of the jobs market because of caring responsibilities, leading to calls for more to be done to help them work flexibly.
Summary: DUBAI - The Qatar Central Bank, or QCB, will, if needed, flexibly adjust the amounts of local currency bonds and Treasury bills which it offers, and believes the issues will reduce Qatar's reliance on foreign funding, the QCB's governor said on Monday.
A study of 2,000 adults in London and the South East found those working flexibly had increased by a third.
Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda voiced hope Monday that China's decision to enable the yuan's exchange rate to move more flexibly will turn out to be positive for the global economy.
dollar traded at the mid-90 yen level early Monday in Tokyo, slightly lower than its quotes late Friday in New York, after China said Saturday it has decided to allow the yuan's exchange rate to move more flexibly.
The purpose was to articulate a sequential method for maximizing the effectiveness of substitute teaching while providing substitutes with a comprehensive method for diligently and flexibly earning respect and using reflection to continually improve substitute teaching.