inoperable Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “inoperable” in the English Dictionary

"inoperable" in British English

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uk   /ɪˈnɒp.ər.ə.bl̩/  us   /ˌɪnˈɑː.pɚ-/

inoperable adjective (DISEASE)

If a tumour (= a ​growth) or other ​medicalcondition is inoperable, ​doctors are ​unable to ​remove or ​treat it with an ​operation.

inoperable adjective (NOT WORKING)

If a ​system, ​plan, ​machine, etc. is inoperable, it cannot be done or made to ​work.
(Definition of inoperable from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"inoperable" in American English

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inoperableadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ɪˈnɑp·ər·ə·bəl/

inoperable adjective [not gradable] (DISEASE)

(of an ​illness, esp. cancer ) that ​doctors are ​unable to ​treat or ​remove by an ​operation

inoperable adjective [not gradable] (NOT WORKING)

not ​able to be done or made to ​work: Most of the ​machines were inoperable.
(Definition of inoperable from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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