Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to flexibility: speed


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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.



See Also: HABIT

  1. Adaptable as a Norwegian wharf rat —James Mills
  2. Adjustable as prices of goods sold in a flea market —Anon
  3. Adjust to as your eyes adjust to darkness or sudden light —Anon
  4. Be pliable like a reed, not rigid like a cedar —Rabbi Simeon ben Eleazar
  5. Elastic as a criminal’s conscience —Anon
  6. Elastic as a steel spring —Anon
  7. Flexible as a diplomat’s conscience —Anon
  8. Flexible as figures in the hands of the statistician —Israel Zangwill
  9. Flexible as silk —Ouida
  10. Has as much give as a tree trunk —Jimmy Breslin
  11. Implacable an adversary as a wife suing for alimony —William Wycherly
  12. (Softly, unhurriedly but) implacably, like a great river flowing on and on —Harvey Swados
  13. Inflexible as a marble pillar —Anon
  14. Inflexible as steel —Ouida
  15. Inflexible as the rings of hell —John Cheever
  16. Intractable as a driven ghost —Sylvia Plath
  17. Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one’s mind —W. Somerset Maugham
  18. (The adolescent personality is as) malleable as infant flesh —Barbara Lazear Ascher, New York Times/Hers, October 23, 1986
  19. The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind —William Blake
  20. Mind set like concrete —George Garrett
  21. Pliable as wax —James Shirley
  22. Pliant as cloth —Eugene Sue
  23. Pliant as flesh —Linda Pastan
  24. Rigidity yielding a little, like justice swayed by mercy, is the whole beauty of the earth —G. K. Chesterton
  25. Set as a piece of sculpture —Charles Dickens
  26. They made their hearts as an adamant stone —The Holy Bible/Apocrypha

    A variation from “Hearts firm as stone” and “Cold as stone” from the Book of Job.

  27. Uncompromising as a policeman’s club —Anon
  28. Uncompromising as justice —William Lloyd Garrison
  29. (There he was, as) unshakable as granite —Frank Swinnerton
Similes Dictionary, 1st Edition. © 1988 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flexibility - the property of being flexibleflexibility - the property of being flexible; easily bent or shaped
malleability, plasticity - the property of being physically malleable; the property of something that can be worked or hammered or shaped without breaking
bendability, pliability - the property of being easily bent without breaking
whip - (golf) the flexibility of the shaft of a golf club
inflexibility, inflexibleness - a lack of physical flexibility
2.flexibility - the quality of being adaptable or variable; "he enjoyed the flexibility of his working arrangement"
adaptability - the ability to change (or be changed) to fit changed circumstances
wiggle room - flexibility of interpretation or of options; "the request left some wiggle room for future restructuring"
inflexibility, rigidity, rigidness - the quality of being rigid and rigorously severe
3.flexibility - the trait of being easily persuadedflexibility - the trait of being easily persuaded
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
manageability, manageableness - capable of being managed or controlled
docility - the trait of being agreeably submissive and manageable
domestication, tameness - the attribute of having been domesticated
amenability, amenableness, cooperativeness - the trait of being cooperative
obedience - the trait of being willing to obey
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


1. elasticity, pliability, springiness, pliancy, tensility, give (informal) The flexibility of the lens decreases with age.
2. adaptability, openness, versatility, adjustability the flexibility of distance learning
3. complaisance, accommodation, give and take, amenability They should be ready to show some flexibility.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002


The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
مُرونَه، لدانَه


[ˌfleksɪˈbɪlɪtɪ] Nflexibilidad f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[ˌflɛksɪˈbɪlɪti] n
[material, object] → flexibilité f
(= adaptability) [person, organization, schedule] → flexibilité f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


(lit)Biegsamkeit f, → Elastizität f
(fig)Flexibilität f; (of engine)Elastizität f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[ˌflɛksɪˈbɪlɪtɪ] nflessibilità, elasticità
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(fleks) verb
to bend, especially in order to test. to flex one's muscles.
(a piece of) thin insulated wire for carrying electricity. That lamp has a long flex.
ˈflexible adjective
1. that can be bent easily. flexible metal.
2. able or willing to change according to circumstances etc. My holiday plans are very flexible.
ˌflexiˈbility noun
ˈflexitime noun
a system where employees may choose their own working hours.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


n. flexibilidad, propiedad de flexionar.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


n flexibilidad f
English-Spanish/Spanish-English Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
Flexibility of mind, a disposition easily biassed by others, is an attribute which you know I am not very desirous of obtaining; nor has Frederica any claim to the indulgence of her notions at the expense of her mother's inclinations.
By the grace of her movements, by the softness and flexibility of her small limbs, and by a certain coyness and reserve of manner, she reminded one of a pretty, half-grown kitten which promises to become a beautiful little cat.
Arrayed in his blue frock and duck trousers, he was as smart a looking sailor as ever stepped upon a deck; he was singularly small and slightly made, with great flexibility of limb.
It is couched, like so much of his work, in the autobiographic form, which next to the dramatic form is the most natural, and which lends itself with such flexibility to the purpose of the author.
Hence I am inclined to look at adaptation to any special climate as a quality readily grafted on an innate wide flexibility of constitution, which is common to most animals.
Here by intermarriage with the native women they rapidly developed into a race which while retaining all their original courage and enterprise took on also, together with the French language, the French intellectual brilliancy and flexibility and in manners became the chief exponent of medieval chivalry.
Miss Hepzibah, at any rate, will lose what little flexibility she has.
The strongest and most reliable hold which the ship has upon the whale when moored alongside, is by the flukes or tail; and as from its greater density that part is relatively heavier than any other (excepting the side-fins), its flexibility even in death, causes it to sink low beneath the surface; so that with the hand you cannot get at it from the boat, in order to put the chain round it.
The flesh was white and fresh, and both the arm and hand preserved a degree of flexibility in the articulations.
He pre- sented them as tilted, stiff tripods, without either flexibility or subtlety, and with an altogether misleading monotony of effect.
His arms became stiff, his legs lost their flexibility, and he was almost breathless.
Her mouth, at first sight, seemed only made for love; but, the instant that its muscles moved, every expression that womanly dignity could utter played around it with the flexibility of female grace.