inoperable

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adjective in·op·er·a·ble \(ˌ)in-ˈä-p(ə-)rə-bəl\

Definition of inoperable

  1. 1 :  not treatable or remediable by surgery

  2. 2 :  inoperative

Examples of inoperable in a sentence

  1. a patient with inoperable cancer

  2. The device makes the car inoperable when a key is not used to start it.

Origin and Etymology of inoperable

probably from French inopérable


First Known Use: 1886


INOPERABLE Defined for English Language Learners

inoperable

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adjective in·op·er·a·ble \(ˌ)in-ˈä-p(ə-)rə-bəl\

Definition of inoperable for English Language Learners

  • medical : not able to be corrected or removed by surgery

  • : not capable of being used


Medical Dictionary

inoperable

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adjective in·op·er·a·ble \(ˈ)in-ˈäp-(ə-)rə-bəl\

Medical Definition of inoperable

  1. :  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

inoperabilities



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