Definition of uncooperative in US English:



  • Unwilling to help others or do what they ask.

    • ‘He was therefore deemed to be uncooperative and was not given an earlier release.’
    • ‘He has been uncooperative, unhelpful, and particularly rude to teaching staff.’
    • ‘He has been seen as an impotent leader who has been nullified by a divided and uncooperative executive board.’
    • ‘The manager suddenly became uncooperative and asked them to leave the premises.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said uncooperative building management and poor law enforcement were the main factors causing poor safety standards to continue.’
    • ‘But what worries me is that he is still uncooperative, demanding and verbally aggressive.’
    • ‘The other two took the cue and adopted similar uncooperative positions.’
    • ‘‘He was asked to give his details and was incoherent and uncooperative with the police,’ she said.’
    • ‘Special military forces may be called on to operate in states that are uncooperative or unable to control their own territory.’
    • ‘He had poor eye contact and was generally uncooperative and unwilling to be interviewed.’
    • ‘This would be difficult if the host state were being uncooperative.’
    • ‘Witnesses have been intimidated and the police have proved uncooperative.’
    • ‘Measuring temperature in children can be difficult, especially when they are uncooperative or restless.’
    • ‘Was the problem really that the candidate was stubborn and 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.’
    • ‘Although often uncooperative, they were reluctant to leave at the end of the day.’
    • ‘The court was told that defendant had been totally uncooperative in telling who his accomplices were or where the stolen property was.’
    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
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