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[ir-i-spon-siv] /ˌɪr ɪˈspɒn sɪv/
not responsive; not responding, or not responding readily, as in speech, action, or feeling.
Origin of irresponsive
First recorded in 1840-50; ir-2 + responsive
Related forms
irresponsiveness, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Douglas came down late, and was very silent and irresponsive.

    Lady Connie Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • She sighed once or twice as she glanced at the girl's irresponsive face.

    The Children of Wilton Chase Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • It may be that most people are not sensitive to colour; any of our senses may be irresponsive.

    Our Stage and Its Critics "E.F.S." of "The Westminster Gazette"
  • Suddenly into those blank, irresponsive eyes there leaped recognition.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • Her eyes were fixed on the carpet, and her face was as irresponsive to the welcome offered as she could make it.

    Wives and Daughters Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • But she was irresponsive because she was shy, uncomfortably, painfully shy.

    Washington Square Henry James
  • Such might be irresponsive, but doubtless had been fearfully real to Alice.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • They are as irresponsive to the voices all about them as the mole is to the singing of April robins.

  • If we are not in the mood for it, we are unreceptive of Nature's impressions, and we are irresponsive.

    The Heart of Nature Francis Younghusband
  • A man's ordinary sleep is at once unstable and irresponsive.

British Dictionary definitions for irresponsive


not responsive
Derived Forms
irresponsively, adverb
irresponsiveness, noun
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irresponsive in Medicine

irresponsive ir·re·spon·sive (ĭr'ĭ-spŏn'sĭv)

  1. Not responsive, as to treatment or stimuli.

  2. Not responding or answering readily.

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