• WordNet 3.6
    • n inflexibility the quality of being rigid and rigorously severe
    • n inflexibility a lack of physical flexibility
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Inflexibility The quality or state of being inflexible, or not capable of being bent or changed; unyielding stiffness; inflexibleness; rigidity; firmness of will or purpose; unbending pertinacity; steadfastness; resoluteness; unchangeableness; obstinacy. "The inflexibility of mechanism.""That grave inflexibility of soul.""The purity and inflexibility of their faith."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n inflexibility The quality of being inflexible; incapability of being bent; unyielding stiffness; obstinacy of will or temper; firmness of purpose.
    • n inflexibility Synonyms Tenacity, resolution, perseverance; doggedness, stubbornness, obstinacy.
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  • David Hume
    “Where ambition can cover its enterprises, even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of passions.”
  • Marguerite Gardiner Blessington
    Marguerite Gardiner Blessington
    “The chief prerequisite for a escort is to have a flexible conscience and an inflexible politeness.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. inflexibilité,


In literature:

Kirkwood smiled grimly, with a face of brass, impenetrable, inflexible.
"The Black Bag" by Louis Joseph Vance
Once again, my inflexible Sister, I write to you.
"Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
How theologically dense the unprogressive inflexibility of the academical practitioner!
"Albert Durer" by T. Sturge Moore
But I am resolved to be firm, to be inflexible.
"Vivian Grey" by Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
Moving great weights through small spaces produces a slow, inelastic, inflexible man.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 10, No. 58, August, 1862" by Various
An Anglo-Saxon, with every birthmark of that slow, inflexible race.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, Number 59, September, 1862" by Various
You have tried every means to bend the inflexible will of your father.
"Damon and Delia" by William Godwin
He perceived the steel of inflexible purpose beneath the windy egotism of Phinuit.
"Alias The Lone Wolf" by Louis Joseph Vance
The queen of Hungary was still inflexible, and hoped that fortune would, at last, change.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 6" by Samuel Johnson
Nor could our hero move him from his inflexible purpose.
"Stolen Treasure" by Howard Pyle

In poetry:

But that in tasks of public duty proved,
Onward with faith inflexible he trod;
Alike by Fortune's dazzling lure unmoved,
Or stern Necessity's relentless rod.
"Sheridan" by Thomas Gent

In news:

Many manufacturers of plastic components use inflexible linear gantries restricted to Cartesian motions for loading and unloading plastic parts on injection molding machines.
ON the subject of brunch, the chef Colin Alevras holds inflexible opinions.
So to parse Miller's statements, we are left to understand that the program is certainly with merit, but due to his own inflexibility needs to be canceled.
Inflexible pledges don't serve constituents.
Inflexible AYP standards cast unfair spotlight on Kaneland, other school districts.
Don't Kill the Health Insurers With Inflexible Mandates.
It's again an issue of an inflexible, complex system, out-of-date zoning and an inability of the city to act quickly when faced with other more competitive choices from other nearby cities.
Loans are inflexible and a burden in today's weak labor market.
But his inflexibility on the rules of grammar was an occasional aggravation.
A more gradual and flexible process is far better than the sudden, inflexible cuts built into sequestration.
Progressive Rearrangement of Subtilisin Carlsberg into Orderly and Inflexible Conformation with Ca2+ Binding.
The star is rather inflexible, actually.
A defense lawyer has told jurors in a criminal mistreatment trial that an Oregon City couple are the victims of inflexible bureaucrats and religious persecution because of their faith-healing beliefs.
Everyone's relationships are threatened on a regular basis by a squad of dragons with names like Fear, Mistrust, Anger, Jealousy, Selfishness, Inflexibility, Low Self-Esteem, and those evil twin demons, Stupidity and Ignorance.
Much of the feedback on the proposed rules and the timeline for meeting them had a common theme—they were unreasonably ambitious, inflexible, and onerous.

In science:

It is inflexible partly due to monolithic design and require IT staff to be involved with each change in business requirements.
Thin Client Web-Based Campus Information Systems for Fiji National University
They are generally inflexible and hard to apply in all cases, so steps are frequently bypassed. As a consequence, spreadsheets are often developed and implemented in a piecemeal fashion. Maintenance follows a defined approach, but is often time-consuming and inefficient.
Applying the CobiT Control Framework to Spreadsheet Developments
TAM optimization. The first integrated method for Wrapper/TAM cooptimization was proposed in [5,6,7].[5,7] are based on fixed-width TAMs which are inflexible and result in inefficient usage of TAM wires. An approach to wrapper/TAM co-optimization based on a generalized version of rectangle packing was proposed in .
Efficient Wrapper/TAM Co-Optimization for SOC Using Rectangle Packing