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inoperative

  
  
An inoperative rule, principle, or tax is one that does not work any more or that cannot be made to work.  
FORMAL      adj  
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inoperative

  
  
broken, broken-down, buggered     (slang, chiefly Brit.)   defective, hors de combat, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, invalid, nonactive, null and void, on the fritz     (U.S. slang)   out of action, out of commission, out of order, out of service, unserviceable, unworkable, useless  

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