Definition of inoperative in English:

inoperative

adjective

  • Not working or taking effect:

    ‘the Act may be rendered inoperative’
    • ‘Having a completely inoperative disk drive is really starting to bug me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Combining decaying and inoperative early warning systems with a ‘launch on warning’ posture for thousands of nuclear weapons is a recipe for nuclear disaster.’
    • ‘One wonders how the inoperative council is supposed to generate the much needed finances to liquidate the debts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My kids love them, naturally enough, and I can't get away with sitting them on an inoperative machine any more.’
    • ‘The clerk appeared a minute later and said that the car wash was inoperative, because they were cleaning it.’
    • ‘One organization replaced another after virtually ignoring food shortages, and electrical power and public utilities remained inoperative.’
    • ‘Some of them we will only be able to play three times before they come inoperative.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was a smoke detector but it was 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.’
    • ‘This last resort could either solve the problem or render the cell phone completely inoperative.’
    • ‘The fire hydrants, which are sometimes found to be inoperative during the fire hazards in the town, should be revamped.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One or more pipes or the canister itself could be blocked or damaged, or maybe one of the valves in the system is inoperative.’
    void, null and void, nullified, ineffective, invalid, cancelled, revoked, rescinded, terminated, discontinued, not binding, not in force, non-viable
    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
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Pronunciation

inoperative

/ɪnˈɒp(ə)rətɪv/