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inoperativeadjective

uk   /ɪˈnɒp.ər.ə.tɪv/  us   /-ˈnɑː.pɚ.ə.t̬ɪv/ formal
(of a ​law, ​rule, etc.) not having ​effect or ​power, or (of a ​machine, ​system, etc.) not ​working or not ​able to ​work as ​usual: The ​oldregulationsbecame inoperative when the new ​ones were ​issued. There were ​guidelines about the ​procedure to ​follow if any of the ​votingmachinesbecame inoperative.
(Definition of inoperative from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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inoperativeadjective

uk   us   /ɪˈnɒpərətɪv/ 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 ​taxlaw 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 ​virusinfects your PC and ​renders the whole ​operatingsystem inoperative.
(Definition of inoperative from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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