Inelastic



[in-i-las-tik] /ˌɪn ɪˈlæs tɪk/

adjective
1.
not ; 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 (def 6).
/ˌɪnɪˈlæstɪk/
adjective
1.
not elastic; not resilient
2.
(physics) (of collisions) involving an overall decrease in translational kinetic energy
adj.

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

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