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Definition not bendable or adaptable
in various senses, including:
  • not willing to compromise or make concessions — as when a boss says "Do it my way or you're fired."
  • not able to adjust well to different conditions — as of a schedule that cannot be changed
  • not easily bent without physical damage or injury — as of brittle steel or person with stiff joints
  • They accused her of being stubborn and inflexible.
inflexible = unbending (not willing to compromise or make concessions)
  • Things have changed, but she remains inflexible.
  • inflexible = unbending (not able to adjust well to different conditions)
  • It is a mathematical law, inflexible and without pity.
  • an inflexible iron bar
  • The inflexible rules meant that even a child who was gaining ground, was counted as a school's failure if she was below grade level.
  • an inflexible law
  • Today's schedule is full and inflexible.
    Abraham Lincoln
  • He was, in a word, a man of the most inflexible firmness and stone-like coolness.
    Frederick Douglass  --  Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • "Milo, I forbid you to fly any more combat missions," Colonel Cathcart declared in a tone of stern and inflexible authority.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • inflexible = uncompromising (not willing to compromise or make concessions)
  • I know his character; he is inflexible in any resolutions formed for his own interests.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • inflexible = unbending (not willing to compromise or make concessions)
  • Oh! don't be so proud, Estella, and so inflexible.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • inflexible = unbending (unwilling to compromise or make concessions)
  • In Andy's view, I was self-possessed to a fault, I was way too brash and I was an inflexible contrarian, always spouting opinions.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • inflexible = rigid (unbending; not willing to make concessions)
  • A party of Indians—in their savage finery ... stood apart with countenances of inflexible gravity, beyond what even the Puritan aspect could attain.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • inflexible = uncompromising (unbending)
  • We have said that Athos loved d'Artagnan like a child, and this somber and inflexible personage felt the anxiety of a parent for the young man.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • But again, the inflexible, unswerving progress of Sharmak's forces coming down the escarpment after us was simply too overwhelming.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • inflexible = unyielding (not forced to change direction or slow down)
  • No Puseyite, or conservative of any school, was ever more inflexibly attached to time-honored inconveniences than Dinah.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • "It is linked to another process," she said, "by which the mind too, becomes inflexible."
    David Almond  --  Skellig
  • inflexible = not flexible (not adaptable)
  • "Yes," he said quietly," nine and a half inches.... inflexible... rosewood.... and containing...."
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • inflexible = not easily bent
  • He answered with inflexible humility, "Won't you—can't you see your way to cut off ten cents' worth?"
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Her figure was elegant, and she walked well; but Darcy, at whom it was all aimed, was still inflexibly studious.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
inflexibly = unbendingly

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