un·co·op·er·at·ive | \ ˌən-kō-ˈä-p(ə-)rə-tiv , -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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Some would celebrate the use any available technology to name an unidentified and uncooperative suspect caught in the act of a mass shooting, especially before the incident is clearly contained. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "What the Capital Gazette Shooting Reveals About Face Recognition," 29 June 2018 What employer wouldn’t be cautious about hiring students who are being trained to be intolerant, uncooperative, closed-minded and aggressively opinionated? WSJ, "Evergreen State’s Bias Finally Exacts a Price," 5 June 2018 During the booking process, the passenger suspect became combative and uncooperative. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police report," 21 May 2018 When police arrived, the man was conscious but uncooperative. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Drunk man crashes car into tree; shed damaged during break-in attempt: Brook Park Police Blotter," 30 Mar. 2018 Redmond continued to be argumentative and uncooperative with the fire department, the complaint said. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Light-headed woman, angered over 'sarcastic comments,' strikes officer in Brookfield," 20 Mar. 2018 Officers found a man in his boxer shorts nearby who was incoherent, uncooperative and noticeably under the influence of drugs. Samantha Swindler, OregonLive.com, "People are still playing Pokemon Go, apparently: Forest Grove police log," 19 Feb. 2018 Image Time can be uncooperative; schedules go askew. New York Times, "The Art of Staying Cool: 10 Can’t-Miss Summer Shows in New York," 4 July 2018 According to court documents, when police arrived at the home Sunday night, Reed was uncooperative and officers used a taser to detain him. Cortlynn Stark And Katie Bernard, kansascity, "Grandchildren saw grandma beaten to death by her mentally ill brother, relatives say," 18 June 2018

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1799, in the meaning defined above

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

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

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