un·​re·​spon·​sive | \ ˌən-ri-ˈspän(t)-siv \

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

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Police said that upon arrival, officers saw Henderson unconscious and unresponsive. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Man who jumped out of NYC restaurant freezer was previously charged in Boston murders: report," 6 Aug. 2018 According to the Bureau of Prisons, Bulger was found unresponsive Tuesday morning. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "Notorious Boston Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger Dies in Prison," 31 Oct. 2018 The Bureau of Prisons confirmed that Bulger, 89, died Tuesday after he was found unresponsive at a penitentiary in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. Lindsey Bever, The Seattle Times, "‘My life was wasted’: Whitey Bulger once penned a letter to three teens about his regrets," 31 Oct. 2018 The day of her attempt, Sydni was left unattended for more than 40 minutes — even after pressing an emergency call light — when she was found unresponsive. Sarah Mearhoff, Teen Vogue, "A Prison Guard Is Being Rehired After a Scandal Involving a Teen's Suicide Attempt," 18 Sep. 2018 Dawn Sturgess and her boyfriend Charlie Rowley, 45, fell ill on July 1 and were found unresponsive in their home. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "British Woman Dies After Being Exposed to Nerve Agent Used on Former Russian Spy," 9 July 2018 The girl was found unresponsive in the back of the car on the corner of Edmonson Avenue and North Loudon Avenue in Southwest Baltimore. Nicholas Bogel-burroughs, baltimoresun.com, "7-year-old girl 'fighting for her life' after being shot in Southwest Baltimore," 5 July 2018 The high-profile and highly contentious case began nearly a decade ago, on Jan. 14, 2009, when Benjamin was found unresponsive in his bouncy chair at the day care center. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "New trial rejected for former day care center worker convicted of killing a toddler in her care," 11 June 2018 On May 13, the Starr County Sheriff's Office notified CBP that Munoz was found unresponsive in his cell and pronounced dead of an apparent suicide. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Detained immigrant takes his own life in Texas jail cell," 10 June 2018

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1768, in the meaning defined above

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un·​re·​spon·​sive | \ ˌən-ri-ˈspän(t)-siv \

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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