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English definition of “inelastic”

inelastic

adjective uk   /ˌɪn.ɪˈlæs.tɪk/ us    /-t̬ɪk/
not changing much, or not allowing much change: For skilled occupations the supply of labour is typically fairly inelastic, because few workers are capable of doing the work. The demand for services such as water, gas and electricity is relatively inelastic.Not able to be changedKeeping and staying the same
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