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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Officers responding to a shooting June 4 in the 7200 block of Bunker Hill Road found Lassai unresponsive, lying in a patch of grass. Olivia Prentzel, nola.com, "Woman booked in connection with fatal shooting of 23-year-old in New Orleans East," 12 June 2019 According to NBC News, Polanco had been found unresponsive at about 2:40 PM at the Rose M. Singer women’s facility inside the infamous jail. Serena Sonoma, Teen Vogue, "Family and Community Want Answers After the Death of Trans Woman Layleen Cubilette-Polanco at Rikers Island," 12 June 2019 Nearly two months later, the 27-year-old transgender woman was found unresponsive in her cell and later pronounced dead, according to the Department of Corrections. Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, "Family of transgender woman who died at Rikers Island says she should not have been there," 11 June 2019 According to NBC News, Layleen Polanco was found unresponsive in her cell at the Rose M. Singer Center, which houses female inmates around 2:40 p.m. Friday by an officer conducting a tour of the area. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Transgender Woman Found Dead In Rikers Island Jail Cell," 10 June 2019 Daniel Cubilette, who was also known as Layleen Polanco, was found unresponsive at about 2:40 p.m. Friday by an officer conducting a tour of a housing area at the Rose M. Singer Center, the jail that houses female inmates. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "Transgender inmate found dead in Rikers Island jail cell," 9 June 2019 Tayanah Jean Paul was found unresponsive inside her apartment off Millenia Boulevard on Feb. 27, police said. David Harris, orlandosentinel.com, "Man arrested in death of 9-year-old niece, Orlando police say," 7 June 2019 Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez was found unresponsive during a welfare check Monday morning at a Border Patrol station in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "Guatemalan Boy Dies in U.S. Border Patrol Custody," 20 May 2019 He was found unresponsive in one of the event's camping sites. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "Man Found Dead at Bonnaroo Music Festival," 8 June 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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