Inoperant is a derived term of operant.
As adjectives the difference between inoperant and operant
is that inoperant
is not operant while operant
is that operates to produce an effect.
As a noun operant is
an operative person or thing.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
That operates to produce an effect.
* 1955 , edition, ISBN 0553249592, page 117:
- thy most operant poison
- I tell you frankly, if Paul Aubry is guilty I hope is convicted and punished; but if one of the others is guilty I hope he—or she—is punished, and if I knew anything operant to that end I certainly would not withhold it.
An operative person or thing.
(psychology) Any of a class of behaviors that produce consequences by operating (i.e., acting) upon the environment.
* operant conditioning
* Skinner box