non·​re·​sis·​tant | \ ˌnän-ri-ˈzi-stənt How to pronounce nonresistant (audio) \

Definition of nonresistant

: not resistant specifically : susceptible to the effects of a deleterious agent (such as an insecticide, a pathogen, or an extreme environmental condition)

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nonresistant noun

Examples of nonresistant in a Sentence

the nonresistant arrest of most of the demonstrators
Recent Examples on the Web Over time, the proportion of resistant bacteria will increase as nonresistant bacteria are killed by the antibiotic. Andre Hudson, The Conversation, 29 Oct. 2021 The complaint accuses the police officers, Jordan Belchamber and Christino Quinonez, of failing to immediately intervene upon seeing Zapata Hernandez being restrained — handcuffed, nonresistant and facedown — on the pavement. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Oct. 2021 Heavy use of antibiotics, while often necessary, can kill off the nonresistant infections and allow resistant ones to thrive. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, 6 Apr. 2019 Lastly, southeast Asian countries have a relatively low transmission rate, meaning resistant strains run up against less competition from more dominant nonresistant strains. Washington Post, 30 July 2019 In areas where antibiotic use was restricted, infections with resistant strains largely disappeared, leaving only people infected with milder, and more easily treatable, nonresistant strains. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, 25 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of nonresistant

1702, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonresistant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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