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1. Lacking elasticity; unyielding or unadaptable. See Synonyms at stiff.
2. Economics Of, relating to, or being a good for which changes in price have little effect on the quantity demanded or supplied: the inelastic demand for cigarettes.

in′e·las·tic′i·ty (-ĭ-lă-stĭs′ĭ-tē) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inelasticity - the lack of elasticity
physical property - any property used to characterize matter and energy and their interactions
deadness - the physical property of something that has lost its elasticity; "he objected to the deadness of the tennis balls"
stiffness - the physical property of being inflexible and hard to bend
rigidity, rigidness - the physical property of being stiff and resisting bending
elasticity, snap - the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed; "the waistband had lost its snap"


n (lit)Mangel man Elastizität; (fig)Mangel man Flexibilität, Starrheit f
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