follow Dictionary.com

How do you spell Hannukah?

inelastic

[in-i-las-tik] /ˌɪn ɪˈlæs tɪk/
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
1740-1750
1740-50; in-3 + elastic
Related forms
inelasticity
[in-i-la-stis-i-tee] /ˌɪn ɪ læˈstɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
Synonyms
1. inflexible; rigid, uncompromising.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for inelasticity

inelastic

/ˌɪnɪˈlæstɪk/
adjective
1.
not elastic; not resilient
2.
(physics) (of collisions) involving an overall decrease in translational kinetic energy
Derived Forms
inelastically, adverb
inelasticity (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
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for inelasticity

inelastic

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for inelastic

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for inelasticity

17
19
Scrabble Words With Friends