uncooperative

adjective

un·​co·​op·​er·​at·​ive ˌən-kō-ˈä-p(ə-)rə-tiv How to pronounce uncooperative (audio)
-ˈä-pə-ˌrā-
: 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 Diaz attempted to flee and was uncooperative, police said. Staff Report, Hartford Courant, 12 Jan. 2024 The report on the July 29 incident from Carson County Sheriff Tam Terry portrays the GOP congressman as belligerent and uncooperative. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 11 Aug. 2023 The head of the bishops’ conference here, José Ornelas, disputed portrayals of the church as uncooperative, while conceding that public communication, including his own, had not always been ideal. Catarina Fernandes Martins, Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2023 Most uncooperative witnesses subpoenaed by Congress simply don’t show up. William McGurn, WSJ, 8 Jan. 2024 Lengyel was uncooperative with investigators, according to the El Cerrito Police Department. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 3 Jan. 2024 But Adams was uncooperative when questioned about Sabean, the FBI said. Greg Wehner, Fox News, 28 Dec. 2023 Other uncooperative countries include Cuba, Eritrea, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Iraq, Laos and Pakistan. Quinn Owen, ABC News, 21 Dec. 2023 Pierce’s number is the witty high point of Act 1 (along with O’Hare’s comic turns as a series of uncooperative waiters). Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 11 Dec. 2023 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'uncooperative.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1799, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of uncooperative was in 1799

Dictionary Entries Near uncooperative

Cite this Entry

“Uncooperative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncooperative. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on uncooperative

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!