Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not responsive, as to treatment or stimuli.
  • adj. Not responding or answering readily.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That does not respond to stimuli

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not responsive; not able, ready, or inclined to respond.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not responsive; unanswering.

Etymologies

ir- +‎ responsive (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It was an unforgettable scene -- the mate in the high place, the men, sullen and irresponsive, grouped beneath.

    CHAPTER XL

  • Altough the Blender window updates itself, the Blender user interface is still irresponsive when running an IPython session.

    Resumable IPython inside Blender Terminal

  • After a worried friend called 911, paramedics broke down the door to find the shirtless DJ irresponsive in his bed.

    Heath Ledger Death Suicide: Heath Ledger Death Accidental Overdose Or Suicide, Police Say

  • I also realize that one implication of the amendment is the use of firearms to accomplish political goals in the event that the government becomes irresponsive to the will of the citizenry.

    What Hillary Clinton will mean for American shooters

  • Mute, close, irresponsive to any glancing light, his dress is like himself.

    Bleak House

  • Your crumbs choke me, I would not want a drop of your blood in me, it is pumped by weak hearts, perfect pulses that never falter: irresponsive to nightmare reality.

    Friday Poetry

  • “We have an irresponsible and irresponsive federal bureaucracy that is unable to deal with the issue of illegal immigrants,” said state Sen. Joe Haynes, D-Goodlettsville, the sponsor of the only immigration bill that the legislature passed last year

    It’s Different on the Front Line

  • My pushing past my mother, my irresponsive departure to my own silent meditations, was, I now perceive, a figure of the whole hard relationship between parents and son in those days.

    In the Days of the Comet

  • It was not that she was naturally given to playing the spy — it was not that she was at all secret, plotting, or mean — it was simply that she loved the irresponsive Bradley with all the primitive and homely stock of love that had never been examined or certificated out of her.

    Our Mutual Friend

  • During the winter she had grown thinner and plainer, and her hair had gone a little grey, and instead of the old look of sweetness and the pleasant smile on her face, she had the resigned, mournful expression left by the sorrows she had been through, and there was something blank and irresponsive in her eyes, as though she did not hear what was said.

    The Witch, and other stories

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