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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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Examples from the Web for irresponsive
Historical Examples
  • Such might be irresponsive, but doubtless had been fearfully real to Alice.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • Suddenly into those blank, irresponsive eyes there leaped recognition.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • 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
  • She sighed once or twice as she glanced at the girl's irresponsive face.

    The Children of Wilton Chase Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • But she was irresponsive because she was shy, uncomfortably, painfully shy.

    Washington Square Henry James
  • They are as irresponsive to the voices all about them as the mole is to the singing of April robins.

  • A man's ordinary sleep is at once unstable and irresponsive.

  • A saint in ecstasy is as motionless and irresponsive and one-idea'd as a melancholiac.

    A Book of Exposition Homer Heath Nugent
  • Hillyard nodded gloomily, but he did not remove his eyes from that irresponsive sheet.

    The Summons A.E.W. Mason
  • Douglas came down late, and was very silent and irresponsive.

    Lady Connie

    Mrs. Humphry Ward
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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