Operative

  • 1 Operative — Op er*a*tive, a. [Cf.L. operativus, F. op[ e]ratif.] 1. Having the power of acting; hence, exerting force, physical or moral; active in the production of effects; as, an operative motive; operative laws. [1913 Webster] It holds in all operative… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Operative — may refer to: Political operative or campaign staff The Operative, a character from the television series Firefly The Operative: No One Lives Forever, a 2000 video game Operative Media, an advertising company, founded 2000 See also Agent… …

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  • 3 operative — I adjective acting, active, adequate, advantageous, ample, applicable, at work, beneficial, capable, competent, effective, effectual, efficax, efficient, employed, fruitful, functional, functioning, helpful, in action, in effect, in force, in… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 operative# — operative adj *active, dynamic, live Analogous words: *effective, effectual, efficacious, efficient: *fertile, fecund, fruitful Antonyms: abeyant operative n mechanic, artisan, hand, workman, working man, *worker, laborer, craftsman,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 operative — [äp′ə rə tiv΄, äp′ə rāt΄iv] adj. [Fr opératif < LL(Ec) operativus] 1. capable of, characterized by, or in operation 2. a) accomplishing what is desired; effective b) of primary importance; key; essential [the operative word in a sentence] 3.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 Operative — Op er*a*tive, n. 1. A skilled worker; an artisan; esp., one who operates a machine in a mill or manufactory. [1913 Webster] 2. One who acts as an agent of another, especially a detective or spy. [PJC] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 operative — (adj.) producing the intended effect, early 15c., from L.L. operativus creative, formative, from operat , pp. stem of operari (see OPERATION (Cf. operation)). Weakened sense of significant, important is from 1955. The noun meaning worker,… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 operative — [adj] active, functioning; influential accessible, alive, crucial, current, dynamic, effective, efficient, employable, functional, important, indicative, in force, in operation, key, live, open, operational, practicable, relevant, running,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 operative — ► ADJECTIVE 1) functioning; having effect. 2) (of a word) having the most relevance or significance in a phrase. 3) relating to surgery. ► NOUN 1) a worker, especially a skilled one. 2) a private detective or secret agent. DE …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 operative — ▪ I. operative op‧e‧ra‧tive 1 [ˈɒprətɪv ǁ ˈɑːprə , ˈɑːpəreɪ ] adjective working or able to be used: • When does the plant become operative? • If the bond is currently trading below par, its operative life is likely to be the number of years to… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 11 operative — [[t]ɒ̱pərətɪv[/t]] operatives 1) ADJ: usu v link ADJ A system or service that is operative is working or having an effect. [FORMAL] The commercial telephone service was no longer operative... The Youth Training Scheme was operative by the end of… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 operative — op|e|ra|tive1 [ˈɔpərətıv US ˈa:pərə , ˈa:pəreı ] adj 1.) working and able to be used ≠ ↑inoperative ▪ Only one runway is operative. ▪ the steps to be taken before the scheme can become operative →↑operational 2.) the operative word used when you… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 operative — 1 adjective 1 working and able to be used: We had only one radar station operative. | operative missiles compare operational (1) 2 the operative word used when you repeat a word from a previous sentence to draw attention to its importance: He is… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 operative — 1. adjective 1) this piece of legislation is not yet operative Syn: in force, in operation, in effect, valid Ant: invalid 2) most of our antique machinery is operative See operational 3) …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 operative — /ˈɒpərətɪv / (say opuhruhtiv), /ˈɒprə / (say opruh ) noun 1. a worker; one engaged, employed, or skilled in some branch of work, especially productive or industrial work; a labourer, artisan, or factory hand. 2. US a secret agent; detective.… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 operative — I. adjective Date: 15th century 1. a. producing an appropriate effect ; efficacious b. most significant or essential < the operative word in a phrase > 2. exerting force or influence ; operating 3 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 operative — 1. adjective 1) the steam railway is operative Syn: running, up and running, working, functioning, operational, in operation, in use, in action, in effect 2) the operative word Syn: key …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 18 operative — I UK [ˈɒp(ə)rətɪv] / US [ˈɑp(ə)rətɪv] adjective working correctly and having the right effect • the operative word II UK [ˈɒp(ə)rətɪv] / US [ˈɑp(ə)rətɪv] noun [countable] Word forms operative : singular operative plural operatives 1) someone who… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 operative — operatively, adv. operativeness, operativity /op euhr euh tiv i tee/, n. /op euhr euh tiv, op reuh tiv, op euh ray tiv/, n. 1. a person engaged, employed, or skilled in some branch of work, esp. productive or industrial work; worker. 2. a… …

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  • 20 operative — 1. Relating to, or effected by means of an operation. 2. Active or effective. * * * op·er·a·tive äp (ə )rət iv, äp ə .rāt adj of, relating to, involving, or resulting from an operation <operative treatment> <operative mortality rates> …

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