Origin of inelastic
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1. inflexible; rigid, uncompromising.
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Examples from the Web for inelastic
The difficulty is assuming that a lung transplant is "inelastic".Why Do We Want Prices in Health Care?
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Sidney could hear her moving about with flat, inelastic steps.K
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She looked taller, straighter in form, and no longer drooping and inelastic.Shoulder-Straps
Were they darker than the shadow cast by the inelastic institution of matrimony?Cytherea
These connecting bands are white, glistening, and inelastic.
Organised charity was wasteful, inelastic, unsympathetic, often superfluous.The Secret of the League
- not elastic; not resilient
- physics (of collisions) involving an overall decrease in translational kinetic energy
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Word Origin and History for inelastic
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