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supple

adjective uk   /ˈsʌp.l̩/ us  

supple adjective (BENDING)

bending or able to be bent easily; not stiff: I'm not supple enough (= my body doesn't bend easily enough) to touch the floor. The gloves were made of very supple leather.

supple adjective (ABLE TO CHANGE)

literary able to change quickly and successfully to suit different conditions: She has shown that she has a supple mind. We need a more supple monetary policy.
suppleness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Translations of “supple”
in Korean 유연한…
in Arabic مَرِن…
in French souple…
in Turkish esnek, yumuşak, eğilir…
in Italian agile, elastico…
in Chinese (Traditional) 彎曲的, 易彎曲的,柔軟的,柔韌的…
in Russian гибкий…
in Polish giętki, gibki…
in Spanish flexible…
in Portuguese flexível, elástico…
in German geschmeidig…
in Catalan flexible…
in Japanese しなやかな, 柔軟な, 曲げやすい…
in Chinese (Simplified) 弯曲的, 易弯曲的,柔软的,柔韧的…
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