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Synonyms and Antonyms of operative

  1. 1 being in effective operation <the last operative bookbinder of its kind in the business> Synonyms alive, functional, functioning, going, live, living, on, operating, operational, active, running, workingRelated Words effective, effectual; employable, operable, usable (also useable), viable, workable; performing, producing, productive, serving, useful, yielding; astir, bustling, busy, dynamic, flourishing, humming, roaring, thrivingNear Antonyms deactivated, decommissioned; ineffective, ineffectual, useless; inoperable, unusable, unworkable; arrested, asleep, dormant, fallow, idle, inert, latent, lifeless, nonproductive, quiescent, sleepy, stagnating, unproductive, vegetatingAntonyms broken, dead, inactive, inoperative, kaput (also kaputt), nonactivated, nonfunctional, nonfunctioning, nonoperating, nonoperational, nonoperative

  2. 2 producing or capable of producing a desired result <unfortunately, the operative amount of the medication and the lethal amount were too close for it to be used safely> Synonyms effectual, efficacious, efficient, fruitful, effective, potent, productiveRelated Words hyperefficient, ultraefficient; adequate, capable, competent; accomplished, adept, consummate, experienced, expert, masterly, practiced (also practised), proficient, skilled, skillful, versed, veteran, virtuoso; cogent, convincing, killer, sound, striking, telling, valid; active, dynamic; useful, working; applicable, feasible, functional, practicable, practical, realizable, usable (also useable), workableNear Antonyms counterproductive; incapable, incompetent, inexperienced, inexpert, unqualified, unseasoned, unskilled, unskillful; abortive, bootless, futile, vain; empty, hollow, idle, pointless, unavailing, unprofitable, unsuccessful; inoperative, worthlessAntonyms fruitless, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficient, inoperative, unfruitful, unproductive, useless



Synonyms and Antonyms of operative

  1. 1 a person who tries secretly to obtain information for one country in the territory of another usually unfriendly country <CIA operatives take terrible risks to find out the secrets of foreign countries> Synonyms agent, asset, emissary, intelligencer, mole, spy, spook, undercoverRelated Words courier; counterspy, double agent, sleeper; infiltrator, informer, stool pigeon; spymaster, superspy

  2. 2 a person not on the police force who investigates criminal or illicit activity or searches for missing persons <set in the 1930s, the novel is about a washed-out operative working for a third-rate detective agency> Synonyms dick, gumshoe, hawkshaw, investigator, detective, private detective, private eye, private investigator, shamus [slang], sherlock, sleuth, sleuthhoundRelated Words shadow, tail, tracer, tracker; fed, Federal, G-man, narc (or nark) [slang], plainclothesman

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