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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

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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

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The first known use of operative was in the 15th century

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“Operative.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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