Definition of inoperable
1 : not treatable or remediable by surgery an inoperable brain tumor
2 : inoperative
Examples of inoperable in a Sentence
a patient with inoperable cancer
The device makes the car inoperable when a key is not used to start it.
Recent Examples of inoperable from the Web
Looks like a widespread outage! -- Fleurty Girl (@FleurtyGirl) June 30, 2017 City telephone and internet service is currently inoperable due to the area-wide Cox outage.
Following a battle with inoperable colon cancer, musician Dave Rosser — best known for his work with rock band The Afghan Whigs — died Tuesday at age 50.
Afghan Whigs guitarist Dave Rosser has died at age 50 following a battle with inoperable colon cancer.
The (Bergen County) Record reported in January that Young had an inoperable brain tumor.
According to former Mets teammate Turk Wendell, Young had been suffering from an inoperable brain tumor.
Young was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in January.
With no handle, BigBelly was on a starvation diet, inoperable.
The inspector also found that several buses had inoperable security cameras and that a staffer who conducted 392 safety checks did not have valid certification.
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Origin and Etymology of inoperable
probably from French inopérable
First Known Use: 1886See Words from the same year
INOPERABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inoperable for English Language Learners
medical : not able to be corrected or removed by surgery
: not capable of being used
Medical Definition of inoperable
: not treatable or remediable by or suitable for surgery an advanced and inoperable cancer a developing cataract still inoperable
inoperability\(ˌ)in-ˌäp-(ə-)rə-ˈbil-ət-ē\play noun plural
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