AskDefine | Define inelastic

Dictionary Definition

inelastic adj : not elastic; "economists speak of an inelastic price structure" [ant: elastic]

User Contributed Dictionary



negative in- + elastic


(US) IPA: /ˌɪnəˈlæstɪk/


  1. lacking elasticity; inflexible, unyielding
    • 1852, Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance
      He spoke languidly, and only those few words, like a watch with an inelastic spring, that just ticks a moment or two and stops again.
    • 1913, Winston Churchill, The Inside Of The Cup
      I cannot believe that Christ himself intended that his religion should be so inelastic, so hard and fast, so cruel as you imply.

Extensive Definition

Elastic may refer to:
  • Elastic collision, a term describing collisions in which kinetic energy is conserved
  • Elastic deformations, a term describing reversible deformations of materials
  • Elastic, a colloquial noun for certain kinds of elastomers and stretchable fabrics

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