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RELATIVELY INELASTIC: An elasticity alternative in which relatively large changes in price cause relatively small changes in quantity. In other words, quantity is not very responsive to price. Relatively inelastic should be compared with other elasticity alternatives--relatively elastic, perfectly inelastic, perfectly elastic, and unit elastic.

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CHANGE IN QUANTITY DEMANDED: The movement along a demand curve caused by a change in the price of the good. This should be contrasted directly with a change in demand. You might also want to review the terms change in quantity supplied and change in supply, as well. A change in quantity demanded means that we have identified a NEW quantity on the existing demand curve. In contrast, a change in demand means that we have changed, moved, or shifted, the entire demand curve, the whole range of prices and quantities has changed.

     See also | demand | demand curve | demand determinants | price | demand price | quantity demanded | change in demand | change in quantity supplied | change in supply |

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The process of obtaining the highest possible level of utility from the consumption of goods or services, under given restrictions, when the highest overall level of utility cannot be reached. The notion of constrained utility maximization is a modification of the more general utility maximization assumption. It is based on the recognition that consumers might be restricted from achieving the absolute maximum level of utility. The primary restrictions tend to be the amount of income available relative to price paid. Constrained utility maximization generally does reach the peak of the total utility curve.

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