[ non-ri-zis-tuh nt ]
/ ˌnɒn rɪˈzɪs tənt /


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.
not resistant; passively obedient.


a person who does not resist force.
a person who maintains that violence or established authority, even when tyrannical, should not be resisted by force.

Origin of nonresistant

First recorded in 1695–1705; non- + resistant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for nonresistant

  • Garrison, known to all as a nonresistant, made it clear that his sympathies were with the government.

British Dictionary definitions for nonresistant

/ (ˌnɒnrɪˈzɪstənt) /


incapable of resisting something, such as a disease; susceptible
history (esp in 17th-century England) practising passive obedience to royal authority even when its commands were unjust

Derived forms of nonresistant

nonresistance, noun
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Medical definitions for nonresistant

[ nŏn′rĭ-zĭstənt ]


Not resistant, especially to a disease or environmental factor, such as heat or moisture.
Submissively obedient.
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