[ non-ri-zis-tuhnt ]
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  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.

  1. a person who does not resist force.

  2. 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

Words Nearby nonresistant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use nonresistant in a sentence

  • 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


/ (ˌnɒnrɪˈzɪstənt) /

  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 of nonresistant

  • nonresistance, noun

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