inflexible

inflexible
/in flek"seuh beuhl/, adj.
1. not flexible; incapable of or resistant to being bent; rigid: an inflexible steel rod.
2. of a rigid or unyielding temper, purpose, will, etc.; immovable: an inflexible determination.
3. not permitting change or variation; unalterable: inflexible rules.
[1350-1400; ME < L inflexibilis rigid, unbending. See IN-3, FLEXIBLE]
Syn. 1. unbendable, stiff. 2. rigorous, stern, unrelenting, unremitting, stubborn, obstinate, intractable, obdurate, unbending, adamant. INFLEXIBLE, RELENTLESS, IMPLACABLE, INEXORABLE imply having the quality of not being turned from a purpose. INFLEXIBLE means unbending, adhering undeviatingly to a set plan, purpose, or the like: inflexible in interpretation of rules; an inflexible will. RELENTLESS suggests so pitiless and unremitting a pursuit of purpose as to convey a sense of inevitableness: as relentless as the passing of time. IMPLACABLE means incapable of being placated or appeased: implacable in wrath. INEXORABLE means unmoved by prayer or entreaty: inexorable in demanding payment. 3. undeviating.
Ant. 2. amenable.

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