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operative

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

Definition of operative

  1. 1a :  producing an appropriate effect :  efficacious operative techniquesb :  most significant or essential the operative word in a phrase the operative facts

  2. 2 :  exerting force or influence :  operating an operative statute

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

  4. 4 :  based on or consisting of an operation operative dentistry The disease may require operative treatment.

operatively

adverb

operativeness

noun

Examples of operative in a sentence

  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

Definition of operative

  1. :  operator: such asa :  artisan, mechanicb :  a secret agentc :  private investigatord :  a person who works toward achieving the objectives of a larger interest political operatives

Examples of operative in a sentence

  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


OPERATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

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operative

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

Definition of operative for English Language Learners

  • : ready for use : capable of being used

  • : most important


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operative

noun op·er·a·tive

Definition of operative for English Language Learners

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

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


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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