Meaning of “inoperative” in the English Dictionary

"inoperative" in British English

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inoperativeadjective

uk /ɪˈnɒp.ər.ə.tɪv/ us /ˌɪnˈɑː.pɚ.ə.t̬ɪv/ formal

(Definition of “inoperative” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"inoperative" in Business English

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inoperativeadjective

uk /ɪˈnɒpərətɪv/ us formal

LAW if a law or rule is inoperative, it does not have any effect and cannot be used:

Legislation to repeal inoperative provisions in the tax law was approved.

if a machine, system, etc. is inoperative, it does not work as it should and cannot be used:

make/render sth inoperative The virus infects your PC and renders the whole operating system inoperative.

(Definition of “inoperative” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)