un·​co·​op·​er·​at·​ive | \ ˌən-kō-ˈä-p(ə-)rə-tiv How to pronounce uncooperative (audio) , -ˈä-pə-ˌrā- \

Definition of uncooperative

: marked by an unwillingness or inability to work with others : not cooperative the suspect was uncooperative with investigators an uncooperative witness … he wonders whether it would be such a bad thing if their uncooperative nanny quit …— Caitlin Flanagan also : providing difficulty struggled with an uncooperative corkscrew uncooperative weather

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Recent Examples on the Web At that time, police said their mother had been uncooperative with authorities and the children were in possible danger. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Lori Vallow, mom of missing Idaho kids who were found dead, faces new charges," 30 June 2020 The God brother was uncooperative with police and the woman would not give police any further information about him. cleveland, "Two teens arrested for aggravated robbery in gun theft: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 27 June 2020 Officers had to deploy a Taser to get the uncooperative woman to settle down. cleveland, "No locating man said to be urinating on building: Mayfield Heights Police Blotter," 18 June 2020 All immediate attempts at restarting fall on uncooperative combustion. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Turbo Car vs. Turbo Bike: 1978 Porsche 930 Turbo vs. Kawasaki Z1-R TC," 10 June 2020 Choke holds are neck restraints meant to make uncooperative people in custody stop resisting without seriously injuring or killing them. Marisa Iati, BostonGlobe.com, "Mayor bans chokeholds for Houston police, announces move at George Floyd’s funeral," 9 June 2020 Anyone who gets in the way of policing – an uncooperative citizen, an internal affairs investigator or even other law enforcement agencies – is the enemy. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Amid George Floyd protests, is it time for cop TV shows to be canceled for good?," 5 June 2020 That sister was intoxicated and uncooperative with police, only yelling that police should arrest her sister for attacking her. cleveland, "Teens arrested after gun found in their car: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 27 Mar. 2020 Roy was uncooperative as officers tried to arrest him, police said. oregonlive, "Video shows Eugene police striking man on the ground during arrest; city investigation now under way," 24 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of uncooperative

1799, in the meaning defined above

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“Uncooperative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncooperative. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of uncooperative

: not willing to do what someone wants or asks for : not cooperative


un·​co·​op·​er·​a·​tive | \ ˌən-kō-ˈä-pə-rə-tiv \

Kids Definition of uncooperative

: not showing a desire to act or work with others in a helpful way

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