inoperable

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

Definition of inoperable 

1 : not treatable or remediable by surgery an inoperable brain tumor

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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.

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Coastal Connecticut was hit especially hard with power outages, downed power lines, inoperable cell towers and flooding. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Amateur Radio Operators Practice For Emergencies," 3 July 2018 The car then became inoperable after hitting a curb. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fleeing car speeds through Franklin with headlights off in nighttime chase," 9 July 2018 Two of the three laboratories that had been testing water quality were rendered inoperable and are still under reconstruction. Scientific American, "Puerto Rico’s Water System Stutters Back to Normal," 14 June 2018 Two of the three laboratories that had been testing water quality were rendered inoperable and are still under reconstruction. Scientific American, "Puerto Rico’s Water System Stutters Back to Normal," 14 June 2018 Officials have also said that the US believes the site is currently inoperable due to over use. Ryan Browne, CNN, "Mattis says there's never been more optimism on North Korea," 27 Apr. 2018 Two of the three laboratories that had been testing water quality were rendered inoperable and are still under reconstruction. Scientific American, "Puerto Rico’s Water System Stutters Back to Normal," 14 June 2018 Two of the three laboratories that had been testing water quality were rendered inoperable and are still under reconstruction. Time, "Puerto Rico’s Water System Is Slowly Returning To Normal. But Many Are Being Left Behind," 12 June 2018 Shifrel’s 13-year-old grandson Dylan was born with an inoperable brain tumor and underwent 20 months of chemotherapy. Krislyn Placide, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Former Miami Dolphin Kim Bokamper 'arrested' during annual Jail & Bail," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of inoperable

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for inoperable

probably from French inopérable

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The first known use of inoperable was in 1886

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inoperable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of inoperable

medical : not able to be corrected or removed by surgery

: not capable of being used

inoperable

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

Medical Definition of inoperable 

: not treatable or remediable by or suitable for surgery an advanced and inoperable cancer a developing cataract still inoperable

Other Words from inoperable

inoperability \(ˌ)in-ˌäp-(ə-)rə-ˈbil-ət-ē \ noun plural -ties

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