Not flexible; not capable of bending or being bent; stiff; rigid; firm; unyielding.
Not willing to change, e.g. one's opinion or habits; obstinate; stubborn; resolute; determined.
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The headstrong person is not to be stopped in his own course of action, while the obstinate and stubborn is not to be driven to another's way. The headstrong act; the obstinate and stubborn may simply refuse to stir. The most amiable person may be obstinate on some one point; the stubborn person is for the most part habitually so; we speak of obstinate determination, stubborn resistance. Stubborn is the term most frequently applied to the lower animals and inanimate things. Refractory implies more activity of resistance; the stubborn horse balks; the refractory animal plunges, rears, and kicks; metals that resist ordinary processes of reduction are termed refractory. One is obdurate who adheres to his purpose in spite of appeals that would move any tender-hearted or right-minded person. Contumacious refers to a proud and insolent defiance of authority, as of the summons of a court. Pertinacious demand is contrasted with obstinate refusal. The unyielding conduct which we approve we call decided, firm, inflexible, resolute; that which we condemn we are apt to term headstrong, obstinate, stubborn. Compare PERVERSE.
contumacious, decided, determined, dogged, firm, fixed, headstrong, heady, immovable, indomitable, intractable, mulish, obdurate, obstinate, opinionated, persistent, pertinacious, refractory, resolute, resolved, stubborn, unconquerable, unflinching, unyielding
incapable of change
"a man of inflexible purpose"
uncompromising, sturdy, inflexibleadjective
not making concessions
"took an uncompromising stance in the peace talks"; "uncompromising honesty"
resistant to being bent
"an inflexible iron bar"; "an inflexible knife blade";
inflexible, rigid, unbendingadjective
incapable of adapting or changing to meet circumstances
"a rigid disciplinarian"; "an inflexible law"; "an unbending will to dominate"
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How to use inflexible in a sentence?
Those sectors are less likely to have flexibility, so when employers are inflexible or women can't come to work because of caregiving responsibilities — they have to exit the workforce.
This inflexible requirement has been a fundamental barrier to financing high-speed rail in our country, is our leadership going to force projects throughout the United States to seek financial support for infrastructure in our country from foreign governments?
Whoever that is too used to the usual will hardly get used to the unusual. In other words, anyone who is rigid naturally will equally be inflexible to change and stuffs like that. So come on, be flexible rather than rigid in all your endeavours. -Emeasoba George
There is no moral middle ground. Indifference is not an option. ... For the sake of our children, I implore each of you to be unyielding and inflexible in your opposition to drugs.
Investors want credibility, stability and at the same time flexibility. Right now, India is a bit of an inflexible market.
Translations for inflexible
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- inflexibleCatalan, Valencian
- inflexibel, unbeugsamGerman
- ragScottish Gaelic
- inflexible, inflexíbelGalician
- sztywny, nieugiętyPolish
- inflexibil, neflexibil, rigidRomanian
- несгиба́емый, негну́щийся, непрекло́нный, неги́бкийRussian
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