inoperative inoperative  /ɪ ˈnɑ pə rə tɪv/


  • (adj) not working or taking effect


  1. Second Mate David Fike told of a ruptured steam coil in one of the tanks, of inoperative automatic temperature gauges, and of worn packing around the screw.
  2. The first time they bugged the phone, but on this night they were trying to fix the inoperative listening device.
  3. It's hard to take anything a candidate says seriously when it can be rendered inoperative two nights later with a Letterman Top 10 list.


  1. 1997 Alfa Romeo 156 Reviews

    On delivery one of the window lifters was inoperative. The ABS sensors went inoperative after two days. The steering hydraulic lines split several times.
    on July 22, 2013     Source:

  2. UPDATE: Man Dies At JFK After First Responders Delayed By Security Doors

    [UPDATE BELOW] A man died from a heart attack at JFK early Saturday after not one, but two, sets of paramedics were delayed by inoperative security badges at the newly renovated, $1.4 billion Terminal 4, the Post reports . [ more › ]        
    on July 17, 2013     Source: Gothamist


  1. The clock "is in a countdown, second by second, to the appointed hour and minute when a nuclear explosion may render the Senate inoperative, or at least do substantial damage to this institution," Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter,...
    on May 21, 2005 By: Arlen Specter Source: USA Today

  2. "A presumption applicable to contracting parties only, and inoperative as to everyone else -- consumers, advocacy groups, state utility commissions, elected officials acting parens patriae -- could scarcely provide the stability Mobile-Sierra aimed...
    on Jan 13, 2010 By: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Source: New York Times

  3. "A court issuing such an opinion would usurp the legislature's duty to make a preliminary judgment on the constitutionality of inoperative legislative provisions," Justice Marla Luckert wrote for the court.
    on Mar 11, 2008 By: Marla Luckert Source: Topeka Capital Journal

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