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operative

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of operative

  1. 1 being in effective operation the last operative bookbinder of its kind in the business Synonyms of operative alive, functional, functioning, going, live, living, on, operating, operational, active, running, workingWords Related to operative effective, effectual; employable, operable, usable (also useable), viable, workable; performing, producing, productive, serving, useful, yielding; astir, bustling, busy, dynamic, flourishing, humming, roaring, thrivingNear Antonyms of operative deactivated, decommissioned; ineffective, ineffectual, useless; inoperable, unusable, unworkable; arrested, asleep, dormant, fallow, idle, inert, latent, lifeless, nonproductive, quiescent, sleepy, stagnating, unproductive, vegetatingAntonyms of operative 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 of operative effectual, efficacious, efficient, fruitful, effective, potent, productiveWords Related to operative 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 of operative counterproductive; incapable, incompetent, inexperienced, inexpert, unqualified, unseasoned, unskilled, unskillful; abortive, bootless, futile, vain; empty, hollow, idle, pointless, unavailing, unprofitable, unsuccessful; inoperative, worthlessAntonyms of operative fruitless, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficient, inoperative, unfruitful, unproductive, useless


operative

noun

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 of operative agent, asset, emissary, intelligencer, mole, spy, spook, undercoverWords Related to operative 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 of operative dick, gumshoe, hawkshaw, investigator, detective, private detective, private eye, private investigator, shamus [slang], sherlock, sleuth, sleuthhoundWords Related to operative shadow, tail, tracer, tracker; fed, Federal, G-man, narc (or nark) [slang], plainclothesman



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