nonresponsive

adjective
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 Abienwi was nonresponsive, according to the statement, appeared to be paralyzed on the left side and was pronounced dead Oct. 1. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Migrant in ICE custody removed from life support over family's objections," 4 Nov. 2019 Even on requests that are eventually acquiesced to, Democratic aides told me the administration will often slow-roll those queries or provide nonresponsive answers. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "House votes to hold AG Barr and Commerce Secretary Ross in contempt of Congress over census citizenship question," 17 July 2019 Even on requests that are eventually acquiesced to, Democratic aides told me the administration will often slow-roll those queries or provide nonresponsive answers. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "House votes to hold AG Barr and Commerce Secretary Ross in contempt of Congress over census citizenship question," 17 July 2019 Even on requests that are eventually acquiesced to, Democratic aides told me the administration will often slow-roll those queries or provide nonresponsive answers. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "House votes to hold AG Barr and Commerce Secretary Ross in contempt of Congress over census citizenship question," 17 July 2019 The woman went from being able to respond to verbal commands to being nonresponsive, according to the Health Department. Los Angeles Times, "Woman hospitalized with mercury poisoning after using face cream from Mexico," 13 Sep. 2019 Even on requests that are eventually acquiesced to, Democratic aides told me the administration will often slow-roll those queries or provide nonresponsive answers. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "House votes to hold AG Barr and Commerce Secretary Ross in contempt of Congress over census citizenship question," 17 July 2019 Even on requests that are eventually acquiesced to, Democratic aides told me the administration will often slow-roll those queries or provide nonresponsive answers. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "House votes to hold AG Barr and Commerce Secretary Ross in contempt of Congress over census citizenship question," 17 July 2019 Even on requests that are eventually acquiesced to, Democratic aides told me the administration will often slow-roll those queries or provide nonresponsive answers. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "House votes to hold AG Barr and Commerce Secretary Ross in contempt of Congress over census citizenship question," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of nonresponsive

1845 , in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nonresponsive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonresponsive. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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