inoperable inoperable  /ɪ ˈnɑ pə rə bəl/


  1. (adj) not able to perform its normal function
  2. (adj) not suitable for surgery


  1. A tumor that is inoperable for the average neurosurgeon is not necessarily inoperable for Black.
  2. Doctors speedily found that he had inoperable liver cancer.
  3. In just a few minutes, the car becomes inoperable.


  1. Albemarle Planning Commission to Discuss 'Junk' Cars

    Tuesday night, the Albemarle County Planning Commission will discuss changing the number of inoperable vehicles you can have on your property.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: NBC 29 Charlottesville

  2. Triumph and sadness: Teen finally gets diploma, cancer comes back

    BOISE -- A Boise teen who fought inoperable brain cancer and graduated from high school is facing devastating news -- the cancer is back. Last year, we brought you the incredible story of 19-year-old Haylee Winters. Haylee had been battling brain cancer, and was just a few credits shy of graduating from Timberline High. The reason: Haylee's fight against cancer had caused her to fall behind in ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: KTVB Boise

  3. Shuttered medical building cleared to reopen

    ANAHEIM - A high-rise medical office building that was shuttered nearly two weeks ago amid a series of maintenance problems, including a flooded basement and inoperable elevators, was cleared Saturday to reopen.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Orange County Register


  1. "Government has been inoperable because of a political battle," Paterson told a news conference.
    on Jun 21, 2009 By: David Paterson Source: Washington Post

  2. "RAMSI aircraft have medi-vacced serious cases to Honiara," Mr Downer said. "A number of local health facilities, including Gizo Hospital, remain inoperable. RAMSI and AusAID officials are working locally in support of the Solomon Islands...
    on Apr 3, 2007 By: Alexander Downer Source: Ninemsn

  3. "The fact that this facility is inoperable during the nation's largest oil spill is indicative of a complacency and lack of investment in oil spill response technologies," Menendez said in a letter sent Tuesday to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.
    on Jun 22, 2010 By: Robert Menendez Source: Los Angeles Times (blog)

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