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 Her daughter was nonresponsive and covered in vomit. Los Angeles Times, "Mother sentenced to more than 14 years for toddler’s death in a hot car," 14 Jan. 2021 Her younger sister followed a similar path, and, in 2011, after having been arrested on an outstanding warrant, was found nonresponsive in her jail cell, Goldsmith said. NBC News, "Decades after her mom's pot conviction, a daughter fights for marijuana reparations in N.J.," 12 Dec. 2020 In some cases, the Census Bureau may use federal administrative records, which may be flawed or incomplete, to determine who is living in a nonresponsive home. Sarah Volpenhein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After the Census is told to keep counting, some census workers told work is over," 7 Oct. 2020 Prosecutors say that Barrera-Galdamez called police in the early morning hours of Sept. 20 and reported that her son was not breathing and nonresponsive. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "Mother charged with murder after 2-year-old son dies of fentanyl overdose," 6 Nov. 2020 The second handout said the enumerators were reaching out to nonresponsive households. Shondiin Silversmith, The Arizona Republic, "With uncertain deadlines, Arizona tribes fight for a full census count," 30 Sep. 2020 In some cases, the Census Bureau may use federal administrative records, which may be incomplete, to determine who is living in a nonresponsive home. Sarah Volpenhein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Census experts, community worry 'rushed' census will hurt Black, Latino communities," 9 Sep. 2020 Floyd eventually became nonresponsive and died, and all four officers involved in his death have been fired and charged. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, "Derek Chauvin told George Floyd "it takes a heck of a lot of oxygen" to talk during fatal arrest, transcript shows," 9 July 2020 When police arrived, the victim was nonresponsive on the ground and not breathing. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Menomonee Falls man stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death inside her apartment, complaint says," 5 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of nonresponsive

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nonresponsive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonresponsive. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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