adjective /ˌɪnəˈlæstɪk/

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.

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  • inelastic supply — ➔ supply2 * * * inelastic supply UK US noun [U] COMMERCE ► a market situation in which a change in the price of goods or services does not produce a similar change in supply: »The perfectly inelastic supply for tickets means that any shift in… …   Financial and business terms

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