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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The man was found unresponsive in a residence around 4:20 p.m. in the 2500 block of West Summerdale Avenue in the Budlong Woods neighborhood, police said. Madeline Buckley, chicagotribune.com, "Man killed in North Side fire," 11 July 2018 Several agencies responded to the scene to assist with the search, and a Porter County Sheriff’s Department K-9 tracked to a pond in the Williamsburg Apartments complex where Tamira was found unresponsive. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Valparaiso mom charged in 3-year-old girl's drowning; waited an hour before calling police, court records say," 11 July 2018 Juan Alberto Ojeda, 33, was found unresponsive at 1153 Century Drive, the Pop Century hotel, and then declared dead at the scene Monday morning, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney worker died in backstage area, company says," 10 July 2018 Peggy Frank, 63, was found unresponsive in her truck around 3 p.m. Friday in Woodland Hills, FOX11 reported. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "US Postal worker found dead in California after delivering mail in extreme heat, family says," 10 July 2018 Frank died Friday after being found unresponsive in her mail truck on her route during a blistering Southern California heat wave. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "‘She was going to retire soon.’ Postal carrier dies on the job in 117-degree heat wave," 10 July 2018 Amesbury is about 10 miles from Salisbury, where Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were found unresponsive on a bench on March 4. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "British police declare major incident after man and woman exposed to unknown substance near Salisbury," 4 July 2018 Another inmate died earlier this month at the Department of Corrections' community corrections center after being found unresponsive. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Female inmate dies at Louisville Metro Corrections," 29 June 2018 Peterson, 47, was found lying in the roadway unresponsive. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "They were arguing over a woman — then one started shooting, Missouri cops say," 20 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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