Is flexibilise a word? Some dictionaries say yes, but it is not a word I commonly see on internet.

If not, which word could I use?

Examples: My manager is thinking about flexibilising my work schedule. In my company, they have flexibilised the dress code for Fridays.

  • It seems to have a fairly limited usage within economics and the topic of labor relations. I would personally avoid it outside of those contexts. Oct 25, 2021 at 15:39
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    OP, you discuss a common situation but then bust out a super-rare word. Why? Oct 25, 2021 at 15:41
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    I think you misunderstand how dictionaries work. It seems inconceivable you've actually found any dictionary explicitly claiming that fexibilise / flexibilize is not a valid word". It's regularly formed (allowing for the US/UK spelling difference) - it's just nowhere near as common as structurally similar derived forms such as plasticise, criticise, romanticise,... Dictionaries don't always list every possible derivation, but that doesn't mean they're claiming anything they didn't include in the dictionary is "not a word". Oct 25, 2021 at 16:03
  • In latin languages, the correspond to flexibilise is very common. That is why I think it could be used in other languages.
    – LeanKervi
    Oct 27, 2021 at 14:53

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According to Merriam Webster, it is a word, but not one I have ever heard used. Spell checkers also mark it incorrect. In general, there is probably a better word or phrase to use for almost any occasion. One that comes to mind for the dress code example is relax, as in, "In my company they have relaxed the dress code on Fridays", as for the first, I think you would more commonly phrase it as "My manager is thinking about making my work schedule more flexible". Relax would also work in that case, as in "My manager is thinking about relaxing my work schedule", but that might come across as working less hours than before, rather than just shifting hours as implied by flexibility.

  • Thank mate. Very useful.
    – LeanKervi
    Oct 27, 2021 at 14:51

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