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nonresistant

[non-ri-zis-tuh nt] /ˌnɒn rɪˈzɪs tənt/
adjective
1.
not able, conditioned, or constructed to withstand the effect of something, as a disease, a specific change in temperature, or harsh treatment; susceptible to damage or ill effects.
2.
not resistant; passively obedient.
noun
3.
a person who does not resist force.
4.
a person who maintains that violence or established authority, even when tyrannical, should not be resisted by force.
Origin of nonresistant
1695-1705
First recorded in 1695-1705; non- + resistant
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  • Garrison, known to all as a nonresistant, made it clear that his sympathies were with the government.

    Susan B. Anthony Alma Lutz
British Dictionary definitions for nonresistant

nonresistant

/ˌnɒnrɪˈzɪstənt/
adjective
1.
incapable of resisting something, such as a disease; susceptible
2.
(history) (esp in 17th-century England) practising passive obedience to royal authority even when its commands were unjust
Derived Forms
nonresistance, noun
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nonresistant in Medicine

nonresistant non·re·sis·tant (nŏn'rĭ-zĭs'tənt)
adj.

  1. Not resistant, especially to a disease or an environmental factor, such as heat or moisture.

  2. Submissively obedient.

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