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adjective (ABLE TO BEND)    /ˈflek.sɪ.bl̩/
C2 able to bend or to be bent easily without breaking: Rubber is a flexible substance. Dancers and gymnasts need to be very flexible (= able to bend their bodies easily).Flexible, loose and yielding flexibility     /ˌflek.sɪˈbɪl.ɪ.ti/ US  /-ə.t̬i/ noun [U] B2 The advantage of this system is its flexibility. You can improve your flexibility by exercising.Adapting and modifying ChangingAdapting and attuning to somethingFlexible, loose and yielding flexibly     /-bli/ adverb Today's schedule of events is organized flexibly so that people can decide for themselves what they want to do.Adapting and modifying ChangingAdapting and attuning to something
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