Inactive and Operative


Inactive adjective - Not being in a state of use, activity, or employment.
Usage example: an inactive oil well

Operative is an antonym for inactive in unused topic.

Nearby Words: inactivity, inaction, inactively


Operative adjective - Being in effective operation.
Usage example: the last operative bookbinder of its kind in the business

Inactive is an antonym for operative in active topic.

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