Definition of uncooperative in English:

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uncooperative

Pronunciation: /ʌnkəʊˈɒp(ə)rətɪv/

adjective

Unwilling to help others or do what they ask: I can recall him soothing uncooperative clients on the telephone the authorities were inclined to be uncooperative
More example sentences
  • He had poor eye contact and was generally uncooperative and unwilling to be interviewed.
  • He has been uncooperative, unhelpful, and particularly rude to teaching staff.
  • Was the problem really that the candidate was stubborn and uncooperative?
Synonyms
unhelpful, awkward, disobliging, unaccommodating, unamenable, unreasonable, unwilling, recalcitrant, perverse, contrary, stubborn, wilful, stiff-necked, unyielding, unbending, inflexible, unadaptable, immovable, obstructive, difficult, obstreperous, troublesome, tiresome, disobedient;
Scottish  thrawn;
North American  rock-ribbed
British informal bolshie, bloody-minded, stroppy, sticky

Derivatives

uncooperatively

Pronunciation: /ˌʌnkəʊˈɒp(ə)rətɪvli/
adverb
Example sentences
  • But by responding slowly or uncooperatively to information requests from the commission, Administration officials or bureaucrats can gum up the works rather easily.
  • ‘Who's asking?’ she responds uncooperatively and takes out a cigarette, lighting it.
  • ‘I mean, I missed talking to you,’ he explained, but wasn't sure if the expression on Lara's face was relief or embarrassment as she glanced away uncooperatively.

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Line breaks: un|co¦opera|tive

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