[ in-i-las-tik ]
/ ˌɪn ɪˈlæs tɪk /


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).

Origin of inelastic

First recorded in 1740–50; in-3 + elastic

Related forms

in·e·las·tic·i·ty [in-i-la-stis-i-tee] /ˌɪn ɪ læˈstɪs ɪ ti/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inelasticity

British Dictionary definitions for inelasticity


/ (ˌɪnɪˈlæstɪk) /


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

Derived Forms

inelastically, adverbinelasticity (ˌɪnɪlæsˈtɪsɪtɪ), noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012