Definition of inoperative
: not operative: such asa : not functioning an inoperative clockb : having no effect or force an inoperative law
Examples of inoperative in a Sentence
The accident had rendered the vehicle inoperative.
With the new federal law in place, the state law has become inoperative.
Recent Examples of inoperative from the Web
Suspicious incident: A Stonehedge Dr. woman June 30 found that her ATM card was inoperative.
Unfortunately, that whimsy runs in stark contrast to the less appealing elements of the park: the trash, the inoperative fountains, runoff from local farms.
One bathroom has a hole in a wall, inoperative stall doors and shattered floor tiles.
Escalators were inoperative and there was no access to the first-floor passenger platforms for safety reasons because of ongoing construction.
Hatch’s view became inoperative when Garland threatened to break the conservatives’ 5-4 advantage.
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First Known Use of inoperative
INOPERATIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inoperative for English Language Learners
: not capable of being used
: having no force or effect
Legal Definition of inoperative
: having no force or effect an inoperative will
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