[in-op-er-uh-tiv, -op-ruh-tiv, -op-uh-rey-tiv]
- not operative; not in operation.
- without effect: inoperative remedies.
- no longer in effect; void; canceled: The earlier rule is now inoperative.
Origin of inoperative
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Examples from the Web for inoperative
Or, as we say in Washington, “My prior statement is inoperative.”My Address—and Apology—to Yale
May 24, 2009
As a craft stands on the ground, its planes are inoperative.Learning to Fly
They were saluted with a volley of musketry, all but inoperative.Yorkshire Battles
If these sections do not bind the Crown they are meaningless and inoperative.The Treaty of Waitangi
T. Lindsay Buick
In some cases they restrain individuals; upon the aggregate they are inoperative.The History of Prostitution
William W. Sanger
If it stands still in the air its planes are inoperative, and it falls.The Aeroplane
Claude Grahame-White and Harry Harper
- not operating
- useless or ineffective
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Word Origin and History for inoperative
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper