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 The man was uncooperative and a Taser was used to subdue him. cleveland, 10 Aug. 2022 According to the affidavit, Bazor became uncooperative while approaching the vehicle and attempted to break free from the agents. Tandra Smith | Tsmith@al.com, al, 20 July 2022 But the committee’s chief counsel said Bannon was uncooperative so there was no leeway. Ashraf Khalil, BostonGlobe.com, 20 July 2022 Police say that the victim became uncooperative after entering the hospital and has offered them no further information. Fox News, 11 July 2022 The man was uncooperative and his story changed multiple times, Foster said. Tracy Neal, Arkansas Online, 15 July 2022 The woman, who smelled of alcohol, was uncooperative when questioned. cleveland, 8 July 2022 Jones has been particularly uncooperative as he has been sued. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 18 Apr. 2022 The suspect refused to take a breath test at the station and was occasionally uncooperative. cleveland, 18 Nov. 2021 See More

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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 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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