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[in-ik-spen-siv] /ˌɪn ɪkˈspɛn sɪv/
not expensive; not high in price; costing little.
Origin of inexpensive
1830-40; in-3 + expensive
Related forms
inexpensively, adverb
inexpensiveness, noun
See cheap.
costly. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inexpensive
  • Corn is used as inexpensive feed to fatten cows in feedlots and to make a cheap sweetener called high-fructose corn syrup.
  • Trade has provided tangible benefits such as rising productivity and more inexpensive and high-quality imports.
  • Kudzu is totally out of control, and there is no easy or inexpensive way to stop it.
  • Kilims are generally inexpensive, but old and rare pieces can cost several thousand dollars.
  • But the new products were both inexpensive and convenient.
  • It's relatively inexpensive and an excellent source of many nutrients.
  • Happily, you'll now find many paints in inexpensive sample sizes.
  • The plantation-grown coconut palm is relatively inexpensive and hardwearing.
  • The simple secret is an inexpensive rope light wrapped in dried corn husks.
  • Plant both kinds now from inexpensive bare-root stock, and they'll be working their full floral magic in four or five years.
British Dictionary definitions for inexpensive


not expensive; cheap
Derived Forms
inexpensively, adverb
inexpensiveness, 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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