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inelastic

[in-i-las-tik]
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adjective
  1. not elastic; lacking flexibility or resilience; unyielding.
  2. Economics. relatively unresponsive to changes, as demand when it fails to increase in proportion to a decrease in price.Compare elastic(def 6).
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Origin of inelastic

First recorded in 1740–50; in-3 + elastic
Related formsin·e·las·tic·i·ty [in-i-la-stis-i-tee] /ˌɪn ɪ læˈstɪs ɪ ti/, noun

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Related Words for inelastic

inflexible, rigid, stable, stiff, unbending, unyielding, inductile, inextensible, unadaptable

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British Dictionary definitions for inelastic

inelastic

adjective
  1. not elastic; not resilient
  2. physics (of collisions) involving an overall decrease in translational kinetic energy
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Derived Formsinelastically, adverbinelasticity (ˌɪnɪlæsˈtɪsɪtɪ), noun
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Word Origin and History for inelastic

adj.

1748, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + elastic. Figurative use attested by 1867.

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