Definitions for operative

Definitions for (noun) operative

Main entry: private detective, private eye, private investigator, PI, operative, shamus, sherlock

Definition: someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information

Main entry: operative, intelligence agent, intelligence officer, secret agent

Definition: a person secretly employed in espionage for a government

Definitions for (adj) operative

Main entry: operative

Definition: being in force or having or exerting force

Usage: operative regulations; the major tendencies operative in the American political system

Main entry: functional, operative, running, working

Definition: (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing

Usage: in running (or working) order; a functional set of brakes

Main entry: operative, surgical

Definition: relating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine

Usage: a surgical appendix; a surgical procedure; operative dentistry

Main entry: operative

Definition: effective; producing a desired effect

Usage: the operative word

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