inoperative

  • 1 inoperative — in‧op‧e‧ra‧tive [ɪnˈɒprətɪv ǁ ɪnˈɑː ] adjective formal 1. MANUFACTURING a machine or piece of equipment that is inoperative is not working or is not in a good enough condition to work: • A power cut rendered 1000 ATMs inoperative. 2 …

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  • 2 inoperative — in·op·er·a·tive /i nä pə rə tiv/ adj: having no force or effect an inoperative will Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. inoperative …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 Inoperative — In*op er*a*tive, a. [Pref. in not + operative.] Not operative; not active; producing no effects; as, laws renderd inoperative by neglect; inoperative remedies or processes …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 inoperative — 1630s, from IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + OPERATIVE (Cf. operative) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 inoperative — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not working or taking effect …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 inoperative — [in äp′ər ə tiv, in äp′ər āt΄iv] adj. not operative; not working; not functioning; without effect …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 inoperative — adjective Date: circa 1631 not operative: as a. not functioning < an inoperative clock > b. having no effect or force < an inoperative law > • inoperativeness noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 8 inoperative — inoperativeness, n. /in op euhr euh tiv, op reuh tiv, op euh ray tiv/, adj. 1. not operative; not in operation. 2. without effect: inoperative remedies. 3. no longer in effect; void; canceled: The earlier rule is now inoperative. [1625 35; IN 3 + …

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  • 9 inoperative — in|op|e|ra|tive [ınˈɔpərətıv US ınˈa: ] adj formal 1.) a machine that is inoperative is not working, or is not in working condition 2.) a system or a law that is inoperative does not work any more or cannot be made to work …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 inoperative — adjective formal 1 a machine that is inoperative is not working, or is not in working condition 2 a system or a law that is inoperative is not working or cannot be made to work …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 inoperative — adjective 1) the fan is inoperative Syn: defective, out of order, out of service, down, unserviceable, unusable, inoperable, bust/busted, out of action, shot, broken, faulty, on the blink, on the fritz, out of commission, acting up …

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  • 12 inoperative — in|op|er|a|tive [ ın apərətıv ] adjective FORMAL an inoperative machine, system, or law is not working and cannot be made to work …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 inoperative — [[t]ɪnɒ̱pərətɪv[/t]] ADJ An inoperative rule, principle, or tax is one that does not work any more or that cannot be made to work. [FORMAL] …

    English dictionary

  • 14 inoperative —    untrue    Literally, invalid or not functioning:     ... the press office that had been damaged by being forced many times to retract earlier statements about Watergate as inoperative . (Colodny and Gettlin, 1991) …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 15 inoperative — UK [ɪnˈɒpərətɪv] / US [ɪnˈɑpərətɪv] adjective formal an inoperative machine, system, or law is not working and cannot be made to work …

    English dictionary

  • 16 inoperative — in•op•er•a•tive [[t]ɪnˈɒp ər ə tɪv, ˈɒp rə tɪv, ˈɒp əˌreɪ tɪv[/t]] adj. 1) not operative; not in operation 2) without effect: inoperative remedies[/ex] 3) cvb no longer in effect; void; canceled • Etymology: 1625–35 in•op′er•a•tive•ness, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 inoperative — /ɪnˈɒpərətɪv / (say in opuhruhtiv), / ˈɒprə / (say opruh ) adjective 1. not operative; not in operation. 2. without effect: inoperative remedies. –inoperativeness, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 inoperative — adjective a) not working or functioning; either idle or broken b) No longer legally binding …

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  • 19 inoperative — Synonyms and related words: barren, bootless, broken, counterproductive, effete, empty, etiolated, fatuitous, fatuous, feckless, fruitless, functionless, futile, haywire, in disrepair, inadequate, inane, inapplicable, ineffective, ineffectual,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 inoperative — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. ineffective, not working, malfunctioning, on the fritz (inf.). See uselessness. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. ineffectual, unworkable, defective; see broken 2 , faulty , void 1 , weak 2 , 5 . III… …

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