Inoperative


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Inoperative

Void; not active; ineffectual.

The term inoperative is commonly used to indicate that some force, such as a statute or contract, is no longer in effect and legally binding upon the persons who were to be, or had been, affected by it.

See: defective, defunct, disabled, dormant, expendable, inactive, inadequate, ineffective, ineffectual, invalid, nugatory, null, null and void, otiose, powerless, unable, unavailing, unproductive, void
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The refunds could be large: For example, if a customer is paying for an inoperative burglar alarm circuit, they could be entitled to refunds ranging from $600 or over $2,300 for a low-speed data circuit.
All four models transmit data over the cellular network when the landline is inoperative and have been approved to act as the second telephone line in commercial fire applications.
The date and time identifying each period during which any required monitoring system or device was inoperative (including periods of malfunction), except for zero and span checks, and the nature of the repairs, adjustments or replacement.
When a resident leaves, the lock is easily reprogrammed to accept new keys and to make the old keys inoperative.
It is a matter of activating a presently inoperative process of the mind, of locating it, of mobilizing it, of removing barriers to its activation.
If a memory error does occur, Chipkill is designed to automatically and gracefully take the inoperative memory chip off-line while the server keeps running.
The man has been missing for about two months, and the electricity in his apartment had been shut off, rendering the freezer inoperative.
Iraq's weapons of mass destruction have been rendered inoperative, and the Clinton Administration has successfully bought off North Korea's nuclear program.
An overwhelming majority of residents in the village of Asahi, Ibaraki Prefecture have voted to dissolve what they thought was an inoperative village assembly elected nine months ago, village officials said Monday.
In an effort to combat this new crime wave, the state attorney's office in Jacksonville, Florida, pioneered a sting operation in which law enforcement officers posed as phone cloners who would, for a fee, reprogram stolen or inoperative cellular phones with numbers purportedly stolen from real cellular phone customers.
An inoperative pump component, for instance, might be designated with a red dot.
Lederman portrayed the steps leading to the discovery at Fermilab in 1977 of a particle containing the fifth, "bottom" (or "beauty") quark as a story of "missed opportunities, stupid mistakes, inoperative equipment, dismal judgments -- and incredible luck.