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Dictionary Definition

inflexible adj
1 extended meanings; incapable of change; "a man of inflexible purpose" [ant: flexible]
2 not making concessions; "took an uncompromising stance in the peace talks"; "uncompromising honesty" [syn: uncompromising] [ant: compromising]
3 literal meanings; "an inflexible iron bar"; "an inflexible knife blade" [ant: flexible]
4 incapable of adapting or changing to meet circumstances; "a rigid disciplinarian"; "an inflexible law"; "an unbending will to dominate" [syn: rigid, unbending]

User Contributed Dictionary



From in- + flex + -ible



  1. Not flexible; not capable of bending or being bent; stiff; rigid; firm; unyielding.
  2. Not willing to change, e.g. one's opinion or habits; obstinate; stubborn; resolute; determined.


Extensive Definition

otherships French ship Inflexible The Inflexible (S 615) is the sixth and final of the Redoutable class SNLE ("Sous-marin Nucléaire Lanceur d'Engins", "Nuclear Missile-Launching Submarine") of the FOST, the submarine nuclear deterrent component of the French Navy.
Construction began on March 27, 1980; launched on June 23, 1982, she was commissioned on April 1, 1985.
Inflexible uses basically the same design as the other Redoutable-class vessels, but has yet benefited from technological advances over its predecessors:
  • She uses the M4 missile, which carries 6 independent 150 kilotonne of TNT equivalent nuclear warheads. Range is reported to be "over 4500 km".
  • Miscellaneous improvements were made in electrical systems, nuclear systems (improving safety and stealth), rudder and engines (improving reability and stealth).
  • TIT (Traitement de l'Information Tactique, "Tactical Information Processor"), a cluster of French-designed computers and serial digital bus links for intersystem communication.
  • DMUX21 sonar.
  • Capability of launching the SM 39 Exocet anti-ship missile
  • Improved inertial navigation system.
  • Improved internal communication system—SNTI, Système Numérisé de Transmissions Intérieures (Digital Internal Communication System)
  • Miscellaneous acoustical stealth improvements
  • Improved hull profile
The other Redoutable-class submarines have been modified to meet the standards of the Inflexible ("Refonte M4"). The Inflexible is to be decommissioned around 2010.

In entertainment

Inflexible has inspired Le Soleil ne se lève pas pour nous ("No sunrise for us") by Robert Merle, a 1987 semi-fictionous book in form of a romanced documentary.
inflexible in German: L'Inflexible
inflexible in Japanese: ランフレクシブル (原子力潜水艦)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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