- The definition of inoperable is something that cannot work as intended, or something that cannot be fixed through a surgical procedure.
An example of inoperable is cancer that has spread throughout the body and that can't be cured through surgery; inoperable cancer.
not operable; specif.,
- not practicable
- that will not practicably allow of surgical operation: an inoperable cancer
- Not functioning; inoperative.
- Unsuitable for a surgical procedure: an inoperable tumor.