inelastic

[ in-i-las-tik ]
/ ˌɪn ɪˈlæs tɪk /

adjective

not elastic; lacking flexibility or resilience; unyielding.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM inelastic

in·e·las·tic·i·ty [in-i-la-stis-i-tee], /ˌɪn ɪ læˈstɪs ɪ ti/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for inelastic

inelastic
/ (ˌɪnɪˈlæstɪk) /

adjective

not elastic; not resilient
physics (of collisions) involving an overall decrease in translational kinetic energy

Derived forms of inelastic

inelastically, adverbinelasticity (ˌɪnɪlæsˈtɪsɪtɪ), noun
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