Definition of uncooperative in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘They said that he was very uncooperative and that he resisted and he began to fight with the officers.’
    • ‘I have no doubt that, in her daily life, she is equally so, as well as stubborn, uncooperative and demanding.’
    • ‘Although often uncooperative, they were reluctant to leave at the end of the day.’
    • ‘Special military forces may be called on to operate in states that are uncooperative or unable to control their own territory.’
    • ‘Witnesses have been intimidated and the police have proved uncooperative.’
    • ‘This would be difficult if the host state were being uncooperative.’
    • ‘The problem is with the pollsters' inability to account for an increasingly uncooperative public.’
    • ‘The company that manufactures them has been extremely uncooperative and unforthcoming with information.’
    • ‘He was therefore deemed to be uncooperative and was not given an earlier release.’
    • ‘The other two took the cue and adopted similar uncooperative positions.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘‘He was asked to give his details and was incoherent and uncooperative with the police,’ she said.’
    • ‘The court was told that defendant had been totally uncooperative in telling who his accomplices were or where the stolen property was.’
    • ‘The manager suddenly became uncooperative and asked them to leave the premises.’
    • ‘But what worries me is that he is still uncooperative, demanding and verbally aggressive.’
    • ‘He has been seen as an impotent leader who has been nullified by a divided and uncooperative executive board.’
    • ‘Measuring temperature in children can be difficult, especially when they are uncooperative or restless.’
    • ‘He said uncooperative building management and poor law enforcement were the main factors causing poor safety standards to continue.’
    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
    bolshie, bloody-minded, stroppy, sticky
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