Definition of inoperative
: not operative: such asa : not functioning <an inoperative clock>b : 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.
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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