in·​elas·​tic | \ ˌi-nə-ˈla-stik How to pronounce inelastic (audio) \

Definition of inelastic

: not elastic: such as
b : slow to react or respond to changing conditions

Other Words from inelastic

inelasticity \ ˌi-​ni-​ˌla-​ˈsti-​s(ə-​)tē How to pronounce inelastic (audio) , (ˌ)i-​ˌnē-​ˌla-​ \ noun

Examples of inelastic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those consuming liquor—a luxury item—could afford to pay a tax, demand was inelastic and distilled spirits had become a public-health threat. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, 3 Jan. 2022 The main reasons for this include choosing the wrong sizing, idle and unused resources, inefficient data management, security and compliance overhead, and inelastic design of tech infrastructure. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 With the retirements of San Onofre (SoCal) and Diablo Canyon (NorCal) nuclear stations, and more drought limiting the availability of hydropower, California’s gas demand might be becoming more inelastic, especially when solar can’t deliver. Jude Clemente, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 In the past, conventional wisdom said that demand for healthcare is inelastic — patients will seek healthcare no matter what is happening in the world. Adnan Iqbal, Forbes, 6 July 2021 On the other side of the ledger, oil demand is inelastic and will rapidly rebound to 100m barrels a day (b/d) as economies reopen and jets fly again. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 3 June 2021 The energy in the slow-moving beta from tritium mostly gets dispersed within the electron clouds of other molecules through inelastic collisions and the Bremsstrahlung effect. James Conca, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 Since Bitcoin’s source code predetermines that Bitcoin’s supply will ultimately be fixed and totally inelastic, all market adjustments can take place only via price changes, not quantity changes. Robert J. Simon, National Review, 19 Mar. 2021 Soccer attracts an inelastic loyalty absent in so many industries, as demonstrated by the fact some supporters have opted not to request refunds for their season tickets despite being unable to watch games in person. Steve Mccaskill, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of inelastic

1748, in the meaning defined above

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“Inelastic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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in·​elas·​tic | \ ˌin-ə-ˈlas-tik How to pronounce inelastic (audio) \

Kids Definition of inelastic

: not elastic


in·​elas·​tic | \ ˌin-i-ˈlas-tik How to pronounce inelastic (audio) \

Medical Definition of inelastic

: not elastic

Other Words from inelastic

inelasticity \ -​i-​ˌlas-​ˈtis-​ət-​ē, -​ˌē-​ˌlas-​, -​ˈtis-​tē How to pronounce inelastic (audio) \ noun, plural inelasticities

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