- Not working or taking effect: the Act may be rendered inoperativeMore example sentences
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; downNorth American • informal on the fritz, out of whackBritish • vulgar slang buggeredvoid, null and void, nullified, ineffective, invalid, cancelled, revoked, rescinded, terminated, discontinued, not binding, not in force, non-viable; worthless, useless, valueless, vain, pointless, nugatory, futile, unproductive, abortive
- 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.
- Combining decaying and inoperative early warning systems with a ‘launch on warning’ posture for thousands of nuclear weapons is a recipe for nuclear disaster.