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Related to irresponsive: nonresponsive, unresponsive


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

ir′re·spon′sive·ly adv.
ir′re·spon′sive·ness n.


not responsive
ˌirreˈsponsively adv
ˌirreˈsponsiveness n


(ˌɪr ɪˈspɒn sɪv)

not responsive; not responding or ready to respond.
ir`re•spon′sive•ness, n.
References in classic literature ?
How had Hepzibah--grim, silent, and irresponsive to her overflow of cordial sentiment--contrived to win so much love?
Well, at any rate I hope you will not offer it without giving me notice," I said as she remained irresponsive.
Mute, close, irresponsive to any glancing light, his dress is like himself.
Parliament, the Thames, the irresponsive chauffeur, would flash into the field of house-hunting, and all demand some comment or response.
CAPTAIN MACWHIRR, of the steamer Nan-Shan, had a physiognomy that, in the order of material appearances, was the exact counterpart of his mind: it presented no marked characteristics of firmness or stupidity; it had no pronounced characteristics whatever; it was simply ordinary, irresponsive, and unruffled.
To which the person of the house, stretching out her arm in an attitude of command, replied with irresponsive asperity: 'Go along with you
Contrary to conventional crude oil production where after initial investment, production is sensitive to short term price fluctuations, shale oil production is irresponsive to short term price fluctuations; that is because 75 percent of shale oil produced occurs during the first year of production, and continued production requires orderly and new investment which in turn is sensitive to crude oil prices.
The overwhelming possibility in a Test match that has seen over 1,000 runs being scored in four days, on an irresponsive wicket, was always a draw.
Perhaps the reason that insurance companies are irresponsive to L5H5 reverse splits is that they simply are less interested in equity investment.
Yyldyz stated that Turkey cannot remain irresponsive to developments in Iraq, as that country's share of the world oil supply by 2040 will be 4 million out of 14 million barrels -- the exact amount that is expected to be added to the global oil supply by that time.
Further research on aqueous-methanol extract of Morinda elliptica leaves for improving the existing method or identifying the active constituents that exhibit a significant XO inhibitory activity should be well supported, as the anti-gout compound produced from natural sources could be marketed at large scale, as a substitute to the current irresponsive medicine.
At the same time, industry sector is irresponsive to innovations, Isabaeva said.