unresponsive

If someone can't or won't respond, we call them unresponsive. Depending on the context, a person's unresponsiveness can be just a bummer or a life-threatening condition.

Take this word piece by piece. Un- means "not," as usual. A response is a reaction to something. And -ive is a suffix that means "state of being." Taken together, these parts add up to "the state of being not responsive." When your boyfriend just sits and stares rather than talking about what's bothering him, he's being unresponsive. Medically speaking, when a person is called unresponsive, it means they're at least unconscious, and possibly dead or dying.

DEFINITIONS OF: unresponsive

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adj not responding to some influence or stimulus

Synonyms
refractory
temporarily unresponsive or not fully responsive to nervous or sexual stimuli
insensitive
not responsive to physical stimuli
insensitive
deficient in human sensibility; not mentally or morally sensitive
Antonyms:
responsive
readily reacting or replying to people or events or stimuli; showing emotion
answering, respondent
replying
sensitive
responsive to physical stimuli
sensitive
being susceptible to the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others
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adj not susceptible to suggestion or influence

Synonyms
insusceptible, unsusceptible
not susceptible to

adj aloof or indifferent

“was unresponsive to her passionate advances”
Synonyms
cool
psychologically cool and unenthusiastic; unfriendly or unresponsive or showing dislike
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