not expensive; not high in price; costing little.

Origin of inexpensive

First recorded in 1830–40; in-3 + expensive
Related formsin·ex·pen·sive·ly, adverbin·ex·pen·sive·ness, noun

Synonym study

See cheap.

Antonyms for inexpensive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inexpensive

Contemporary Examples of inexpensive

Historical Examples of inexpensive

  • It has the advantage over other puddings in that it is inexpensive.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • Her gown was simple and inexpensive but it was stylish and becoming.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The furniture was of a dark nut-wood, and the articles few and inexpensive.

    Gerald Fitzgerald

    Charles James Lever

  • Life in the East, I had often heard, was singularly cheap and inexpensive.

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • But they could prevent him from getting it to the mill by an inexpensive process.

    The White Desert

    Courtney Ryley Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for inexpensive



not expensive; cheap
Derived Formsinexpensively, adverbinexpensiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inexpensive

1837 (implied in inexpensively), from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + expensive.

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