inoperative

[ in-op-er-uh-tiv, -op-ruh-tiv, -op-uh-rey-tiv ]
/ ɪnˈɒp ər ə tɪv, -ˈɒp rə tɪv, -ˈɒp əˌreɪ tɪv /

adjective

not operative; not in operation.
without effect: inoperative remedies.
no longer in effect; void; canceled: The earlier rule is now inoperative.

Nearby words

  1. inodorous,
  2. inoffensive,
  3. inofficious,
  4. inofficious will,
  5. inoperable,
  6. inoperculate,
  7. inopportune,
  8. inordinate,
  9. inorg.,
  10. inorganic

Origin of inoperative

First recorded in 1625–35; in-3 + operative

Related formsin·op·er·a·tive·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for inoperative

inoperative

/ (ɪnˈɒpərətɪv, -ˈɒprə-) /

adjective

not operating
useless or ineffective
Derived Formsinoperativeness, noun

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Word Origin and History for inoperative

inoperative

adj.

1630s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + operative.

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