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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When contacted by deputies at the scene, Hudson was uncooperative and a deputy eventually used a stun gun on him, according to the affidavit. Mitchell Byars, The Denver Post, "Longmont man accused of assaulting, running over woman near Gordon Gulch in Boulder County," 15 July 2019 All parties were from the same family and were uncooperative. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "Anaheim Police Investigating After Video of Fight in Disneyland Goes Viral," 8 July 2019 The man in question was uncooperative and antagonistic towards officers. cleveland.com, "Car slams into house, but drunk man on scene can’t be pinned for OVI: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 21 June 2019 Nicole Kirkwood said that officers claimed McFly was uncooperative during the investigation. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Artist Sheefy McFly Arrested By Detroit Police While Painting City Mural," 24 June 2019 Prosecutors, however, declined to move forward with the case because the victim was uncooperative and there was insufficient evidence. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Tramaine Brock looking to redefine his career with Arizona Cardinals," 7 June 2019 The woman then became uncooperative and would not allow officers into her home. cleveland.com, "Suspect assaults father, brother: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 7 June 2019 Police said Wiggin was initially uncooperative, but officers found the box in her car. Olivia Quintana, BostonGlobe.com, "Hyannis woman arrested for stealing items at fundraiser honoring Sgt. Sean Gannon," 24 June 2018 But the passenger, 61-year-old Paul Askins, was uncooperative, didn't provide his legal name or date of birth, and when asked to step out of the vehicle, pointed a pistol at deputies. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Man pulls gun on Colorado deputies during traffic stop, dramatic body camera video shows," 18 Sep. 2018

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1799, in the meaning defined above

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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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