non·​re·​spon·​sive | \ ˌnän-ri-ˈspän(t)-siv How to pronounce nonresponsive (audio) \

Definition of nonresponsive

1 : not giving response : not responsive a nonresponsive police force
2 : not adequately addressing or meeting the requirements contained in a request for competitive bids on a contract deemed the bid to be nonresponsive and rejected it

Examples of nonresponsive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When core body temperature reaches a hundred and four degrees and higher, a person can become confused or lost in a delirium, nonresponsive. James Ross Gardner, The New Yorker, 29 Nov. 2021 Boosting your search ranking: Mobile-friendly websites tend to rank higher on Google than nonresponsive sites. Ajay Prasad, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Holley objected to that answer as being nonresponsive and asked that it be struck from the court record. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, 18 Aug. 2021 The complex has also had problems with maintenance and waste, and management has been nonresponsive, Cheyne said. Katie Rice,, 5 July 2021 If the patient did not feel anything when stimulated, that electrode was marked as nonresponsive. Christof Koch, Scientific American, 10 May 2021 The department provided vague or nonresponsive answers, the filing alleged, and at times didn’t respond at all. Phillip Jackson,, 10 May 2021 The dog was nonresponsive, though his heart was still beating. Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2021 Her daughter was nonresponsive and covered in vomit. Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of nonresponsive

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nonresponsive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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