1350–1400; Middle English < Latin inflexibilis rigid, unbending. See in-3, flexible (Source:

Definitions of Inflexibility



  1. not flexible; incapable of or resistant to being bent; rigid:
  2. of a rigid or unyielding temper, purpose, will, etc.; immovable:
  3. not permitting change or variation; unalterable:
  4. not flexible; rigid; stiff
  5. obstinate; unyielding
  6. without variation; unalterable; fixed



  1. Unwillingness to change or compromise.
  2. Inability to be bent; stiffness.



  1. : rigidly firm in will or purpose : unyielding
  2. : not readily bent : lacking or deficient in suppleness
  3. : incapable of change : unalterable

Example sentences for Inflexibility

  1. Here he finds the ground prepared for the anti-semitic attack on rigidity, stubbornness, inflexibility as Jewish qualities.
  2. The governor has successfully pleased both, however, by blaming the Obama administration for inflexibility.
  3. The inflexibility is a reassuring ideological message for some members.
  4. He tries to be consistent, but his detractors see it as inflexibility.
  5. Most of the ‘e’ formations are closed, a sign of inflexibility once his mind is made up.
  6. But what is to be done if Charles should refuse, with the inflexibility of his grandfather, to comply with this request of yours?
  7. The inflexibility of Constantia was still the only grief that dwelt upon his mind.
  8. Few people argued with Mrs. Ogilvie; there was an inflexibility about her which made protest impossible.
  9. He was still the old Roman in inflexibility of purpose; but grafted on to the Roman was a new Berserker fury.
  10. The guard in question had a doppel-ganger,—counterpart of himself in inflexibility,—and both were appendages of their muskets.

Related words & Synonyms

unbendable, stiff, rigorous, stern, unrelenting, unremitting, stubborn, obstinate, intractable, obdurate, unbending, adamant, intransigence, obstinacy, relentlessness, perseverance, contumacy, pigheadedness, grimness, inexorableness, mulishness, obduracy, rigidness, pertinacity, doggedness, intransigency, rigidity, inexorability, indomitability, implacability, incompliance, adamancy



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