elas·​tic·​i·​ty i-ˌla-ˈsti-sə-tē How to pronounce elasticity (audio)
plural elasticities
: the quality or state of being elastic: such as
: the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation : springiness
: the quality of being adaptable
: the responsiveness of a dependent economic variable to changes in influencing factors
elasticity of demand
price elasticity

Examples of elasticity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This typically comes on between the ages of 40 and 60 as the lenses of your eyes naturally lose elasticity due to the aging process. Christine L. Larsen, Verywell Health, 8 May 2024 There is little elasticity left when describing his game. Troy Renck, The Denver Post, 4 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for elasticity 

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Word History

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of elasticity was in 1664

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“Elasticity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elasticity. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


plural elasticities
: the quality or state of being elastic
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