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

Examples of uncooperative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Again, the river has been uncooperative — too cold or too high. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, 2 June 2021 The man was uncooperative during booking and made several threats to police. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 27 May 2021 The victim was uncooperative with police during follow-up questioning and kept changing his story. cleveland, 23 Apr. 2021 The man was uncooperative with investigators, Hernandez said. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Apr. 2021 Police said the man was uncooperative with officers. Deanese Williams-harris, chicagotribune.com, 3 Apr. 2021 Litwin said the suspect and the victim, who was uncooperative with police, may have known each other. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 12 Mar. 2021 Strothers says the Hopkinton police immediately dismissed her daughter’s death as a suicide, and have been hostile and uncooperative in the two weeks since her death. BostonGlobe.com, 4 May 2021 At the police station, the driver became extremely uncooperative and argumentative. John Benson, cleveland, 28 Apr. 2021

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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 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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