inflexible inflexible  /ɪnf ˈlɛk sə bəl/


  1. (adj) incapable of change
  2. (adj) not making concessions
  3. (adj) resistant to being bent
  4. (adj) incapable of adapting or changing to meet circumstances


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  1. Passengers complain about rude treatment, inflexible rules, long lines and seemingly illogical and inconsistent policies.
  2. Despite the poetic title, his urban vision was authoritarian, inflexible and simplistic.
  3. The law of Cosa Nostra is inflexible.


  1. No smartphones on the table? It's time to talk tech etiquette

    Nobody likes the word “etiquette.” It feels inflexible and draining, like a teacher whose only joy is pointing out mistakes. This is a time for breaking rules, not making them. Viral videos, Facebook revolutions, CEOs in hoodies. Anything goes. Etiquette? We don’t need etiquette. E
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Seattle Times

  2. Enterprise Practices Ignite Global Demand for Network Access Control Solutions, Finds Frost & Sullivan

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Network access control (NAC) solutions – previously considered too complex, incomplete or inflexible – have evolved into a powerful and valuable security ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

  3. In Defense Of Nuance: Edward Snowden Is Both A Criminal And A Laudable Whistleblower

    Depending on your political perspective, NSA leaker Edward Snowden is either a traitor to his nation and countrymen or a heroic whistleblower. Opinions on Snowden among political partisans are set, inflexible, and perfectly righteous. Rarely does one here a nuanced opinion on the matter, but I find both sides of this argument compelling. In my admittedly conflicted opinion, Snowden is both a ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Mediaite


  1. "The administration constructively set the G-20 meeting as an important juncture for China to change its inflexible currency practices. If China does not act and the administration does not respond promptly thereafter, the Congress will act,"...
    on Jun 18, 2010 By: Sander Levin Source: Wall Street Journal

  2. "The rules are inflexible and it doesn't matter who is running the RNC, those rules will be enforced because they are part of the rules that were crafted at the last convention and they can't be changed," Martinez said.
    on May 18, 2007 By: Mel Martinez Source: Guardian Unlimited

  3. "This has been a difficult decision," Kempthorne said. "But in light of the scientific record and the restraints of the inflexible law that guides me, I believe it was the only decision I could make...... Today's decision is based on three...
    on May 14, 2008 By: Dirk Kempthorne Source: AHN

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