Definition of inoperative in English:



  • Not working or taking effect.

    ‘the Act may be rendered inoperative’
    • ‘It is a measure of the ability of the network to successfully route information from source to destination when equipment in the network is partially functional or inoperative.’
    • ‘One organization replaced another after virtually ignoring food shortages, and electrical power and public utilities remained inoperative.’
    • ‘There was a smoke detector but it was inoperative.’
    • ‘It was also to insure that no one could alter the cars (in the US) so that the pollution controls were rendered inoperative in order to get more performance at the expense of gas mileage or emissions.’
    • ‘The consequence is that they need to perhaps reframe their legislation, in order that their legislation will not become inoperative as a consequence of section 109.’
    • ‘The fire hydrants, which are sometimes found to be inoperative during the fire hazards in the town, should be revamped.’
    • ‘In the event that any of the terms or provisions of this Agreement shall be declared to be invalid or inoperative, all of the remaining terms and provisions set forth herein shall remain in full force and effect.’
    • ‘Having a completely inoperative disk drive is really starting to bug me.’
    • ‘Only one phaser is inoperative, which means, offensively, the ship is almost totally effective, but defensively its lack of forward shielding makes the vessel incredibly vulnerable.’
    • ‘This last resort could either solve the problem or render the cell phone completely inoperative.’
    • ‘The modular nature of the equipment not only permitted operation of the system when some modules are inoperative, but also permited convenient expansion to increase capability.’
    • ‘One or more pipes or the canister itself could be blocked or damaged, or maybe one of the valves in the system is inoperative.’
    • ‘Some of them we will only be able to play three times before they come inoperative.’
    • ‘Combining decaying and inoperative early warning systems with a ‘launch on warning’ posture for thousands of nuclear weapons is a recipe for nuclear disaster.’
    • ‘The telephone's influence is so pervasive that only when things go wrong with the technology - for example, a thunderstorm renders it inoperative - do our problem of isolation becomes apparent.’
    • ‘The clerk appeared a minute later and said that the car wash was inoperative, because they were cleaning it.’
    • ‘Some later model Russian missiles have been recovered in anti-terrorist raids, and some of these have become inoperative due to age or poor handling.’
    • ‘My kids love them, naturally enough, and I can't get away with sitting them on an inoperative machine any more.’
    • ‘The oil-soaked ramp, which had been rendered inoperative when small-arms fire damaged the helicopter's utility hydraulics, was stuck in the down position.’
    • ‘One wonders how the inoperative council is supposed to generate the much needed finances to liquidate the debts.’
    not working, not in working order, not functioning, broken, broken-down, out of order, out of service, out of commission, acting up, unserviceable, faulty, defective, non-functional, in disrepair
    void, null and void, nullified, ineffective, invalid, cancelled, revoked, rescinded, terminated, discontinued, not binding, not in force, non-viable
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