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- noun The state or condition of being
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-- The inoperativeness of revivalism was occasionally admitted also by its friends within the General Synod.
Lord Macaulay, in a celebrated passage of one of his early essays (let me add that it was one which he did not himself choose to reprint), gives expression to the doctrine of the absolute inoperativeness of great men, more unqualified, I should think, than has been given to it by any writer of equal abilities.