inelastic

[in-i-las-tik]
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 ).

Origin:
1740–50; in-3 + elastic

inelasticity [in-i-la-stis-i-tee] , noun


1. inflexible; rigid, uncompromising.
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inelastic (ˌɪnɪˈlæstɪk)
 
adj
1.  not elastic; not resilient
2.  physics (of collisions) involving an overall decrease in translational kinetic energy
 
ine'lastically
 
adv
 
inelasticity
 
n

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Example sentences
The dura mater is a thick and dense inelastic membrane.
Pricing for both sorts of purchases are driven by somewhat inelastic demand.
The supply of health care services is actually pretty inelastic, because it
  depends on relatively scarce labor.
Economists will certainly suggest that the criminal demand for guns is
  inelastic.
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