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inoperative Line breaks: in|op¦era|tive
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈɒp(ə)rətɪv/

Definition of inoperative in English:


Not working or taking effect: the Act may be rendered inoperative
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  • 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.
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;
informalconked out, bust, (gone) kaput, gone phut, on the blink, gone haywire, shot
British informalknackered, jiggered, wonky
North American informalon the fritz, out of whack
British vulgar slangbuggered
void, null and void, nullified, ineffective, invalid, cancelled, revoked, rescinded, terminated, discontinued, not binding, not in force, non-viable;

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