Definition of inoperative adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪnˈɒpərətɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɑːpərətɪv//
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  1. 1(of a rule, system, etc.) not valid or able to be used Your insurance policy will become inoperative if your circumstances change.
  2. 2(of a machine) not working; not functioning correctly
  3. opposite operative
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: inoperative