responding especially readily and sympathetically to appeals, efforts, influences, etc.: a responsive government.
Physiology. acting in response, as to some stimulus.
characterized by the use of responses: responsive worship.

Origin of responsive

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Late Latin word respōnsīvus. See response, -ive
Related formsre·spon·sive·ly, adverbhy·per·re·spon·sive, adjectivehy·per·re·spon·sive·ly, adverbhy·per·re·spon·sive·ness, nounnon·re·spon·sive, adjectivenon·re·spon·sive·ly, adverbqua·si-re·spon·sive, adjectivequa·si-re·spon·sive·ly, adverbun·re·spon·sive, adjectiveun·re·spon·sive·ly, adverbun·re·spon·sive·ness, noun

Synonyms for responsive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for unresponsive

passive, insensitive, cold, cool, frigid, unemotional, unfeeling

Examples from the Web for unresponsive

Contemporary Examples of unresponsive

Historical Examples of unresponsive

  • That made him angry, and he said that insular envy made me unresponsive.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

  • She did not answer; unresponsive as a statue, she did not move.

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

  • There is a fathomless look in his eyes and he is cold and unresponsive.

    Mary Louise in the Country

    L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)

  • He was unresponsive, and I could feel the restlessness of his fingers in my hair.


    Cleveland Moffett

  • So unresponsive and dumb was he that they called him half-witted.

    Old Man Savarin and Other Stories

    Edward William Thomson

British Dictionary definitions for unresponsive



not reacting or responding to an action, question, suggestion, etc



reacting or replying quickly or favourably, as to a suggestion, initiative, etc
(of an organism) reacting to a stimulus
Derived Formsresponsively, adverbresponsiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unresponsive

1660s, "unable to reply," from un- (1) "not" + responsive. Meaning "not responding" is from 1775. Related: Unresponsiveness.



early 15c., "making answer," from Middle French responsif and directly from Late Latin responsivus "answering," from Latin respons-, past participle stem of respondere (see respond). Meaning "responding to influence or action" is from 1762. Related: Responsively; responsiveness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper