unresponsive

adjective
un·​re·​spon·​sive | \ ˌən-ri-ˈspän(t)-siv How to pronounce unresponsive (audio) \

Definition of unresponsive

: not responsive The patient was unresponsive. an infection unresponsive to antibiotics an unresponsive bureaucracy Although they are able to locate their own food at two weeks of age, fledgling robins will still piteously beg handouts from their increasingly unresponsive father.— Millard H. Sharp

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Other Words from unresponsive

unresponsively adverb
staring unresponsively
unresponsiveness noun

Examples of unresponsive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ricky McKee was found lying on the floor unresponsive. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Estranged couple found dead in Blount County; husband was supposed to be in jail, records show," 25 Nov. 2019 Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell when the guards went to deliver breakfast. Michael Balsamo, chicagotribune.com, "Jeffrey Epstein death: ‘A perfect storm of screw-ups,’ says attorney general," 22 Nov. 2019 Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell when the guards went to deliver breakfast. Washington Post, "AG Barr: Epstein’s death was a ‘perfect storm of screw-ups’," 22 Nov. 2019 Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell when the guards went to deliver breakfast. NBC News, "Barr calls Jeffrey Epstein's death a 'perfect storm of screw-ups'," 22 Nov. 2019 Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell when the guards went to deliver breakfast. Michael Balsamo, USA TODAY, "Epstein death: 'Perfect storm of screw-ups' to blame, AG Barr says," 22 Nov. 2019 Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell when the guards went to deliver breakfast. BostonGlobe.com, "ABOARD A US GOVERNMENT AIRCRAFT — Attorney General William Barr said he initially had his own suspicions about financier Jeffrey Epstein’s death while behind bars at one of the most secure jails in America but came to conclude that his suicide was the result of “a perfect storm of screw-ups.”," 22 Nov. 2019 In mid-July, Levesque’s son, 3-year-old Daylin Palmer, was found unresponsive in a home in Smyrna. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "After Tenn. Boy, 3, Dies in Hot Car, His Dad Is Charged with Murder," 21 Nov. 2019 The day care at which Zander was found unresponsive is known as Country Bumpkin Daycare, according to several online directories. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Brainerd-area day care under investigation after infant’s death," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of unresponsive

1768, in the meaning defined above

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3 Dec 2019

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“Unresponsive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unresponsive. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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unresponsive

adjective
How to pronounce unresponsive (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of unresponsive

: not replying or reacting to someone's question, request, demand, etc.
medical : not reacting or able to react in a normal way when touched, spoken to, etc.

unresponsive

adjective
un·​re·​spon·​sive | \ ˌən-ri-ˈspän(t)-siv How to pronounce unresponsive (audio) \

Medical Definition of unresponsive

: not responsive (as to a stimulus or treatment) an unresponsive ulcer

Other Words from unresponsive

unresponsiveness noun

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