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

Other Words from unresponsive

unresponsively adverb
staring unresponsively
unresponsiveness noun

Examples of unresponsive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hartford Police Lieutenant Aaron Boisvert said police responded to a report of gunfire and found three unresponsive victims with gunshot wounds, Boisvert said. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 20 June 2022 Officers arrived at the 1300 block of Lakeside Avenue around 4 a.m. for a report of gunfire and found the man, who was unresponsive and suffering from gunshot wounds. Lilly Price, Baltimore Sun, 19 June 2022 Officers were dispatched to the 49 mile marker near Interstate 74 on the southeast side of Indianapolis around 3:45 a.m. Upon arrival, the driver of the Jeep was found unconscious, unresponsive and trapped in the vehicle wreckage. Hannah Brock, The Indianapolis Star, 17 June 2022 And politicians, of course, oversee bureaucracies that are inefficient and unresponsive, further eroding faith in government. Steve Lopezcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2022 She was found by rescuers unresponsive and not breathing. CBS News, 10 June 2022 Nahant police and firefighters responded to a 911 call about 3 p.m. reporting an unresponsive woman at the club, according to a brief statement from Police Chief Timothy Furlong and Fire Chief Austin Antrim. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, 7 June 2022 Dora Police Chief Jared Hall said officers received a call Sunday morning about an unresponsive woman in the 1900 block of Sellers Road. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 6 June 2022 Deputies found Joshua Jennings lying unresponsive in a driveway in Little Rock on Saturday, according to an arrest report. Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, 31 May 2022 See More

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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 29 Jun. 2022.

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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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