inoperative

adjective in·op·er·a·tive \ (ˌ)in-ˈä-p(ə-)rə-tiv , -ˈä-pə-ˌrā- \
|Updated on: 20 Jul 2018

Definition of inoperative

: not operative: such as
a : not functioning
  • an inoperative clock
b : having no effect or force
  • an inoperative law

inoperativeness

noun

Examples of inoperative in a Sentence

  1. The accident had rendered the vehicle inoperative.

  2. With the new federal law in place, the state law has become inoperative.

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First Known Use of inoperative

circa 1631

in the meaning defined above

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INOPERATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of inoperative for English Language Learners

  • : not capable of being used

  • : having no force or effect


Law Dictionary

inoperative

adjective in·op·er·a·tive \ i-ˈnä-pə-rə-tiv \

legal Definition of inoperative

: having no force or effect
  • an inoperative will


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