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 She was found unresponsive in her room on New Year's Eve and later pronounced dead by the Fort Bliss Department of Emergency Services staff. Fox News, "Family of deceased Texas soldier said she was previously sexually assaulted, was 'ready to fight' for justice," 5 Jan. 2021 The 1-year-old boy was found unresponsive in a 12th-floor room of the Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel in the 200 block of Poydras Street about 7:30 a.m. Sunday, according to police. Ramon Antonio Vargas | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "3 arrested after 1-year-old boy's death at downtown New Orleans hotel," 4 Jan. 2021 The teen died back in October after he was found unresponsive at a home in Burton, about four miles southeast of Flint. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Michigan teen fatally shot himself during game of Russian roulette, police say," 30 Dec. 2020 Santa Rosa police are investigating the death of a 14-year-old girl who was found unresponsive in the back seat of a car driven by an intoxicated 16-year-old girl. Nora Mishanec, SFChronicle.com, "Girl, 14, found dead in back seat of car driven by intoxicated 16-year-old in Santa Rosa," 29 Dec. 2020 He was found unresponsive in a wheelchair near 20th Street and Thomas Road and pronounced dead there. AZCentral.com, "Burned, dehydrated, dead: Heat takes toll among people experiencing homelessness," 19 Dec. 2020 Back In July, Braxton was rushed to the hospital after being found unresponsive in her hotel room by her fiancé David Adefeso. Essence, "Tamar Braxton Opens Up About Her Suicide Attempt On 'Peace of Mind with Taraji'," 18 Dec. 2020 It has been closed since Airman Robert Dean Brice, 24, was found unresponsive after hanging himself in a shower at the lockup on Dec. 5, 2019. ExpressNews.com, "Probe in airman’s death finds multiple failures at jail at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland," 15 Dec. 2020 The recent spate of deaths pushed the number of in-custody deaths this year to 12 — a toll that does not include a 13th inmate who was found unresponsive in his cell in late June and died at a hospital in August. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego jail inmate died of pulmonary embolism, Sheriff’s Department says," 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of unresponsive

1768, in the meaning defined above

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“Unresponsive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unresponsive. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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.


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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