Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. agency; influence; production of effects

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Agency; influence; production of effects.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Agency; intimate influence; inworking.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. being in effect or operation

Etymologies

Latin inoperari to effect; prefix in- in + operari to operate. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • So, we challenge both parties and election officials to stand for the people ... and not make them stand unnecessarily or even lose their vote because you chose to follow the last resort directive instead of the first and preferable line of support and LAW ... one machine down and call for emergency paper ballots (counted on election night) if it appears that machine inoperation is causing or will cause problems.

    URGENT CALL TO PA CITIZENS AND JUDGES OF ELECTIONS

  • The presence of all those machines, despite their inoperation, clinically suggested a stressful situation conducive to unpleasant complexes.

    The Dragon Lensman

  • When the democrats returned to power in 1900, they at once began to tamper wth the school law that we had put inoperation, and in a great measure lessened its effectiveness.

    Republican Hand-Book North Carolina. Republican State Executive Committee 1906

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.