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inoperative

[in-op-er-uh-tiv, -op-ruh-tiv, -op-uh-rey-tiv] /ɪnˈɒp ər ə tɪv, -ˈɒp rə tɪv, -ˈɒp əˌreɪ tɪv/
adjective
1.
not operative; not in operation.
2.
without effect:
inoperative remedies.
3.
no longer in effect; void; canceled:
The earlier rule is now inoperative.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; in-3 + operative
Related forms
inoperativeness, noun
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Examples for inoperative
  • Ironically, this was the same day that the local weather radar became operational after being inoperative for several years.
  • The smelter has been inoperative for several years, with negotiations and planning for cleanup of the site occurring since then.
British Dictionary definitions for inoperative

inoperative

/ɪnˈɒpərətɪv; -ˈɒprə-/
adjective
1.
not operating
2.
useless or ineffective
Derived Forms
inoperativeness, noun
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