inelastic

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in- +‎ elastic

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inelastic (comparative more inelastic, superlative most inelastic)

  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.

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