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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the nonresistant arrest of most of the demonstrators
Recent Examples on the Web Heavy use of antibiotics, while often necessary, can kill off the nonresistant infections and allow resistant ones to thrive. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, "Nursing Homes Are a Breeding Ground for a Fatal Fungus," 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, "A drug-resistant strain of malaria is making the disease ‘almost untreatable’ in southeast Asia," 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, "Limiting Antibiotics Curbs Deadly Hospital Infections," 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 23 Feb. 2020.

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