inflexible

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj inflexible resistant to being bent; "an inflexible iron bar","an inflexible knife blade"
    • adj inflexible incapable of change "a man of inflexible purpose"
    • adj inflexible not making concessions "took an uncompromising stance in the peace talks","uncompromising honesty"
    • adj inflexible incapable of adapting or changing to meet circumstances "a rigid disciplinarian","an inflexible law","an unbending will to dominate"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inflexible Firm in will or purpose; not to be turned, changed, or altered; resolute; determined; unyieding; inexorable; stubborn. "“ Inflexible as steel.”""A man of upright and inflexible temper . . . can overcome all private fear."
    • Inflexible Incapable of change; unalterable; immutable. "The nature of things is inflexible ."
    • Inflexible Not capable of being bent; stiff; rigid; firm; unyielding.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inflexible Not flexible; incapable of bending or of being bent; rigid: as, an inflexible rod.
    • inflexible Unyielding in temper or purpose; that will not yield to prayers or arguments; firm in purpose; incapable of being turned; not to be prevailed on.
    • inflexible Not to be changed or altered; unalterable; not permitting variation.
    • inflexible Synonyms Rigid, stiff.
    • inflexible Inexorable, inflexible, resolute, steadfast, unbending, unyielding, immovable, unrelenting; obstinate, stubborn, dogged.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Inflexible that cannot be bent: unyielding: unbending
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Quotations

  • David Hume
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    “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.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inflexiblis,: cf. F. inflexible,. See In- not, and Flexible
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. inflectĕrein, in, flectĕre, flexum, to bend.

Usage

In literature:

Mat became more inflexibly grave than ever.
"Hide and Seek" by Wilkie Collins
Clement remained cold, insensible, inflexible.
"A Passionate Pilgrim" by Henry James
Other critics may say I would destroy the variety of civilization by the inflexible application of a single idea.
"National Being" by (A.E.)George William Russell
I was inflexible, and went on.
"Hunger" by Knut Hamsun
There was something in her supreme and snowy composure that suggested inflexible will.
"The Woman With The Fan" by Robert Hichens
He thrust his hands in his pockets, leaned back in his chair, and smoked, staring inflexibly at the ceiling.
"The Magnificent Ambersons" by Booth Tarkington
His purpose had ever been inflexible.
"With Edged Tools" by Henry Seton Merriman
That impassable orbital line is to it as solid and inflexible as a wall of adamant.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 433, April 19, 1884" by Various
The laws of society are inflexible, Madge; there is no forgiveness for a man who is once found out.
"Henry Dunbar" by M. E. Braddon
Mr. Franklin, as I have mentioned before, was a sagacious man, and also an inflexibly upright one.
"Biographical Stories" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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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:

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.
EEOC takes aim at inflexible leave and work restriction policies.
Maybe Crennel's presence in the locker room is strong enough to offset his inflexibility .
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.
Inflexible unions keep kids in bad schools, Jindal says.
Chance encounters and happy accidents have always yielded more exciting results than any inflexible plans he's made.
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.
So, here are a few inflexible rules and regulations designed to help you on your way to spontaneous daily bliss.
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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
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