AskDefine | Define inoperative

Dictionary Definition

inoperative adj : not operating; "an inoperative law" [ant: operative]

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  1. not working or functioning; either idle or broken
  2. No longer legally binding

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

barren, bootless, broken, counterproductive, effete, empty, etiolated, fatuitous, fatuous, feckless, fruitless, functionless, futile, haywire, in disrepair, inadequate, inane, inapplicable, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, inoperable, invalid, nonfunctional, nonutilitarian, nugacious, nugatory, of no force, on the blink, on the fritz, otiose, out of commission, out of condition, out of gear, out of joint, out of kelter, out of kilter, out of order, out of repair, out of tune, out of whack, sterile, unavailing, unconducive, unemployable, unfit, unhelpful, unsuitable, unusable, unworkable, useless, vain
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