Origin of irresponsive

First recorded in 1840–50; ir-2 + responsive
Related formsir·re·spon·sive·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for irresponsive

Historical Examples of irresponsive

  • 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.


    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.

  • But she was irresponsive because she was shy, uncomfortably, painfully shy.

British Dictionary definitions for irresponsive


  1. not responsive
Derived Formsirresponsively, adverbirresponsiveness, noun
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irresponsive in Medicine


  1. Not responsive, as to treatment or stimuli.
  2. Not responding or answering readily.
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