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Definition of inoperable adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ɪnˈɑprəbl//
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  1. 1(of an illness, especially cancer) not able to be cured by a medical operation an inoperable brain tumor
  2. 2(formal) that cannot be used or made to work; not practical The policy was thought to be inoperable. The fire rendered the port inoperable. opposite operable
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