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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Police said Ramos was initially uncooperative and was not carrying any identification, so there was a delay in identifying him. Anchorage Daily News, "Suspect in Capital Gazette shooting had sued paper for defamation," 29 June 2018 Police said Ramos was initially uncooperative and was not carrying any identification, so there was a delay in identifying him. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "Suspect in Capital Gazette shooting had sued paper for defamation," 28 June 2018 Police said they were forced to place him in a cell without complete booking due to uncooperative behavior. Laney Ruckstuhl, BostonGlobe.com, "Man who assaulted two Yarmouth officers had more than 30 previous charges," 11 June 2018 The Cleveland man, 27, was uncooperative and was subsequently charged with disorderly conduct. Andy Attina / Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Auto dealership employee receives death threat: Mayfield Heights Police Blotter," 14 Feb. 2018 She was placed there by herself because of her uncooperative and belligerent demeanor, the report states. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, "Family seeks answers after woman hanged self in police custody," 21 June 2018 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

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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\

Kids Definition of uncooperative

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

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