Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: flexibilis, from flexus, past participle of flectere 'to bend'


1 a person, plan etc that is flexible can change or be changed easily to suit any new situation [≠ inflexible]:
We can be flexible about your starting date.
extremely/highly/fairly etc flexible
Our new computer software is extremely flexible.
The government needs a more flexible approach to education.
2 something that is flexible can bend or be bent easily:
shoes with flexible rubber soles
flexibly adverb
WORD FOCUS: change WORD FOCUS: change
to change something: alter, adapt, adjust, amend, modify, revise, vary

to change a system or organization: restructure, reorganize, reform

to change something completely: transform, revolutionize

to change facts or information, or change what someone has said: twist, distort, misrepresent

easily changed: flexible, adaptable

impossible to change: fixed, final, irrevocable

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