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no longer in effect; void; canceled: The earlier rule is now inoperative.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

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

OTHER WORDS FROM inoperative

in·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 forms of inoperative

inoperativeness, noun
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