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operative

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adjective op·er·a·tive \ˈä-p(ə-)rə-tiv, ˈä-pə-ˌrā-\

Simple Definition of operative

  • : ready for use : capable of being used

  • : most important

Full Definition of operative

  1. 1 a :  producing an appropriate effect :  efficacious b :  most significant or essential <the operative word in a phrase>

  2. 2 :  exerting force or influence :  operating

  3. 3 a :  having to do with physical operations (as of machines) b :  working <an operative craftsman>

  4. 4 :  based on or consisting of an operation <operative dentistry>

op·er·a·tive·ly adverb
op·er·a·tive·ness noun

Examples of operative

  1. The factory must pass inspection before it becomes operative.

  2. The telephone system is now fully operative.

  3. If I go, I will bring a salad. If, however, is the operative word, since I am not sure that I can go.



15th Century

First Known Use of operative

15th century


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operative

noun op·er·a·tive

Simple Definition of operative

  • : a person who does secret work for a government or political organization

  • : a person who does work that involves using tools, operating machinery, etc.

Full Definition of operative

  1. :  operator: as a :  artisan, mechanic b :  a secret agent c :  private detective d :  a person who works toward achieving the objectives of a larger interest <political operatives>

Examples of operative

  1. <CIA operatives take terrible risks to find out the secrets of foreign countries.>

  2. <set in the 1930s, the novel is about a washed-out operative working for a third-rate detective agency>



Circa 1810

First Known Use of operative

circa 1810


Medical Dictionary

operative

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adjective op·er·a·tive \ˈäp-(ə-)rət-iv, ˈäp-ə-ˌrāt-\

Medical Definition of operative

  1. :  of, relating to, involving, or resulting from an operation <operative treatment> <operative mortality rates>





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