Adjective "inflexible" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Unwilling to change or compromise.
  1. 'Members of it are clearly trying to preserve a minority religion in a hostile world, trying to work out where they can afford to compromise with the mainstream and where they must remain inflexible.'
  2. 'People who are more rigid and inflexible have more difficulty adapting, so you need to have lot of different kinds of skills in order to succeed?'
  3. 'You can't accuse Susan Davies of being inflexible…'
  4. 'Often inflexible and stubborn in their love lives, some will be prone to jealous rages.'
  5. 'When you disagree with her or won't go along with something she wants to do, she's completely inflexible and unwilling to compromise.'
  6. 'And I am not in favour of employers who are inflexible with regard to allowing people to go to Sunday worship.'
  7. 'And realising the truth made me something my mother was not - absolutely resolute and inflexible.'
  8. 'It would appear that the new order of Catholicism is as equally inflexible and uncompromising, as the old order would appear to be.'
  9. 'The department chair described her as inflexible, defensive, and unwilling to take constructive advice.'
  10. 'I am trying to strike a balance between assertive and fair and stubborn and inflexible.'
  11. 'inflexible rules'
  12. 'We had a problem in Europe which was that the labour market was inflexible and it was costing jobs.'
  13. 'Despite the rebound, worries persist about the zone's inflexible labour market while economic stagnation in Germany is still a dark cloud hanging over the entire region.'
  14. 'And then there's the double irony, since the song itself is actually produced by choice and artistic freedom: ultimately, it is a product of flexibility, though it is inflexible itself.'
  15. 'After the Emancipation Proclamation, the Union's strategic goals were too comprehensive and inflexible to be thwarted by a single defeat.'
  16. 'The contract is inflexible, whatever the circumstances.'
  17. 'Rather than creating stress with a long list of inflexible resolutions, why not simply vow to do something - at least once every day - that you know is good for you.'
  18. 'Around 365 practices across Scotland have signed up to the project, known as the Scottish Primary Care Collaborative, sparking fears that thousands of patients are being hit by the inflexible system.'
  19. 'First, the structure of the colonial revenue system - with its high and inflexible tax rates - drastically increased peasant vulnerability to drought.'
  20. 'Though this will be effective in theory, the difficulty is the centralised distribution of state finances - an inflexible system that often causes funding delays.'
  21. 'He has an inflexible regime and must stick to a timetable of food and injections.'
Not able to be bent; stiff.
  1. 'The knight was bolted into a very heavy and largely inflexible armour equipped with a lance rest; jousting almost standing in his stirrups he was virtually impregnable - which was the idea.'
  2. 'The pants were stiff, inflexible, and suffered the same problem.'
  3. 'Cancers of the tongue tend to be painful and cause the tongue to feel unnaturally stiff and inflexible.'
  4. 'The inner portion of the wing hardly moved at all, yet the primaries seemed to quiver, making the wing look stiff and inflexible.'
  5. 'The same could be true of the Gamma Pad, as they're both constructed of inflexible hard and thick plastic.'
  6. 'Normal red blood cells are round and pliable, but in persons with sickle cell anemia these cells become firm and inflexible.'


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.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be inflexible in positions."

"laws can be inflexible in countries."

"states can be inflexible on conditions."

"states can be inflexible for entries."

"people can be inflexible on subjects."

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Late Middle English: from Latin inflexibilis, from in- ‘not’ + flexibilis ‘flexible’.