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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.
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not responsive
ˌirreˈsponsively adv
ˌirreˈsponsiveness n
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(ˌɪr ɪˈspɒn sɪv)

not responsive; not responding or ready to respond.
ir`re•spon′sive•ness, n.
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Mute, close, irresponsive to any glancing light, his dress is like himself.
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Parliament, the Thames, the irresponsive chauffeur, would flash into the field of house-hunting, and all demand some comment or response.
"Well, at any rate I hope you will not offer it without giving me notice," I said as she remained irresponsive. "Remember that I am a possible purchaser."
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!
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MPA Rangeet Singh said minorities' parliamentarians were also experiencing same problem and criticized irresponsive attitude of bureaucracy towards opposition members.
Irresponsive political elites and municipal services have turned them very pessimistic about their ability to influence behaviour of public office holders and concerned bureaucratic departments at local level.
'We are aware of the fact that certain communities in our state are already almost pledging themselves to be colonised by Oyo state because of obvious life-threatening neglect by series of irresponsive governments and governance styles.