inoperative

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

Definition of inoperative

  1. :  not operative: 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.

Circa 1631

First Known Use of inoperative

circa 1631


INOPERATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

inoperative

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

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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