non·​re·​spon·​sive ˌnän-ri-ˈspän(t)-siv How to pronounce nonresponsive (audio)
: not giving response : not responsive
a nonresponsive police force
: 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 Deputies found the man nonresponsive in a housing unit at 5:11 p.m., the Denver Sheriff Department said in a news release. Katie Langford, The Denver Post, 27 Feb. 2024 Lochlan became lethargic and nonresponsive through the evening, and refused to eat. Chris Ramirez, Journal Sentinel, 7 Feb. 2024 Facing stubborn social inequities and nonresponsive elites, how do people manage? Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Sep. 2023 Yet the department said 152,600 people have been nonresponsive. David A. Lieb and Andrew Demillo,, 19 June 2023 And when people ask questions, Ford is nonresponsive. Detroit Free Press, 9 June 2023 Lovern provided information about the decision not to charge Howell in two earlier cases, saying Schoeffling had been uncooperative or nonresponsive when prosecutors and advocates tried to reach her. Ashley Luthern,, 10 Apr. 2023 In this business, ego can cause people to be nonresponsive and demanding. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 22 Mar. 2023 Upon arrival, officers found a woman lying in the roadway, unconscious and nonresponsive. Ellie Willard, The Arizona Republic, 18 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonresponsive was in 1845

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“Nonresponsive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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