inoperative

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adjective in·op·er·a·tive \(ˌ)in-ˈä-p(ə-)rə-tiv, -ˈä-pə-ˌrā-\

Definition of inoperative

  1. :  not operative: such asa :  not functioning an inoperative clockb :  having no effect or force an inoperative law

inoperativeness

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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


INOPERATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

inoperative

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Definition of inoperative for English Language Learners

  • : not capable of being used

  • : having no force or effect


Law Dictionary

inoperative

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

Legal Definition of inoperative

  1. :  having no force or effect an inoperative will



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