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inflexible

[in-flek-suh-buh l] /ɪnˈflɛk sə bəl/
adjective
1.
not flexible; incapable of or resistant to being bent; rigid:
an inflexible steel rod.
2.
of a rigid or unyielding temper, purpose, will, etc.; immovable:
an inflexible determination.
3.
not permitting change or variation; unalterable:
inflexible rules.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin inflexibilis rigid, unbending. See in-3, flexible
Related forms
inflexibility, inflexibleness, noun
inflexibly, adverb
Synonyms
1. unbendable, stiff. 2. rigorous, stern, unrelenting, unremitting, stubborn, obstinate, intractable, obdurate, unbending, adamant. Inflexible, relentless, implacable, inexorable imply having the quality of not being turned from a purpose. Inflexible means unbending, adhering undeviatingly to a set plan, purpose, or the like: inflexible in interpretation of rules; an inflexible will. Relentless suggests so pitiless and unremitting a pursuit of purpose as to convey a sense of inevitableness: as relentless as the passing of time. Implacable means incapable of being placated or appeased: implacable in wrath. Inexorable means unmoved by prayer or entreaty: inexorable in demanding payment. 3. undeviating.
Antonyms
2. amenable.
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British Dictionary definitions for in-flexible

inflexible

/ɪnˈflɛksəbəl/
adjective
1.
not flexible; rigid; stiff
2.
obstinate; unyielding
3.
without variation; unalterable; fixed
Derived Forms
inflexibility, inflexibleness, noun
inflexibly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin inflexībilis; see inflect
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Word Origin and History for in-flexible

inflexible

adj.

late 14c., "incapable of being bent, physically rigid," also figuratively, "unbending in temper or purpose," from Middle French inflexible and directly from Latin inflexibilis, from inflexus, past participle of inflectere (see inflect). In early 15c. an identical word had an opposite sense, "capable of being swayed or moved," from in- "in, on." Related: Inflexibly.

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