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

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But the most terrifying moment of the whole episode is when Archie is found unresponsive by the park rangers who come to try to save him. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Did Archie Really Die On "Riverdale"'s Mid-Season Premiere?," 17 Jan. 2019 Officers found an unresponsive 37-year-old man on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound, the post said. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "Seattle police arrest 19-year-old after fatal Pioneer Square shooting," 4 Dec. 2018 That then revealed a third issue: the back-end servers would create more and more processes, eventually starving themselves of resources and leaving them unresponsive. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft explains one Azure authentication outage as another one happens," 27 Nov. 2018 Current Time 0:00 / Duration 2:13 Baby found dead on Cochran Avenue in east Macon Advertisement The Bibb County sheriff’s office responded Thursday, May 24, 2018, to a report of an unresponsive infant at 1113 Cochran Avenue. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Dad smothered screaming infant daughter — then tried to shock her back to life, Ark. police say," 12 July 2018 Rescue crews responded around 2 p.m. Tuesday after the unresponsive man had been pulled from the water, Capt. Ryan Gillespie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Michigan man who was pulled from the water in Ormond Beach has died, officials say," 12 July 2018 Kyrell McBride-Johnson, 13, became unresponsive during practice Wednesday, prompting coaches to perform CPR. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Texas middle school football player, 13, dies after medical emergency during practice," 23 Aug. 2018 Kovacs became unresponsive during the altercation before police arrived. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The man who died during an altercation in a Wales home burglary has been identified," 12 July 2018 Anthony Walsh, 62, became unresponsive while his fishing partner, Kevin Loran, 59, of Anchorage, was trying to get him back onboard, according to an Alaska State Troopers report Thursday afternoon. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Commercial fisherman dies after falling overboard in Cook Inlet," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of unresponsive

1768, in the meaning defined above

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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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an act or instance of returning to life

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