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Definition of 'operative'


  1. a person secretly employed in espionage for a government
       Synonyms: secret agent intelligence officer intelligence agent
  2. someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information
       Synonyms: private detective PI private eye private investigator shamus sherlock


  1. being in force or having or exerting force; "operative regulations"; "the major tendencies operative in the American political system"
       Antonyms: inoperative
  2. of or relating to a surgical operation; "operative surgery"
  3. relating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine; "a surgical appendix"; "a surgical procedure"; "operative dentistry"
       Synonyms: surgical
       Antonyms: medical
  4. effective; producing a desired effect; "the operative word"
       Synonyms: key
  5. (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing; "in running (or working) order"; "a functional set of brakes"
       Synonyms: running functional working

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