English

Definition of inflexible adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    inflexible

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈfleksəbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfleksəbl//
     
     
    jump to other results
  1. 1(disapproving) that cannot be changed or made more suitable for a particular situation synonym rigid an inflexible attitude/routine/system The rules are too inflexible to allow for human error. an inflexible retirement age
  2. 2(disapproving) (of people or organizations) unwilling to change their opinions, decisions, etc., or the way they do things He's completely inflexible on the subject.
  3. 3(of a material) difficult or impossible to bend synonym stiff opposite flexible
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin inflexibilis, from in- ‘not’ + flexibilis ‘flexible’.Extra examples She’s a good teacher, but she can be rather inflexible. The rules seemed arbitrary and inflexible. The seven-year period is not totally inflexible. The government has shown an increasingly inflexible attitude to dealing with the problem.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: inflexible