What does operative mean?

Definitions for operativeˈɒp ər ə tɪv, ˈɒp rə tɪv, ˈɒp əˌreɪ tɪv

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word operative.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. secret agent, intelligence officer, intelligence agent, operative(noun)

    a person secretly employed in espionage for a government

  2. private detective, PI, private eye, private investigator, operative, shamus, sherlock(adj)

    someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information

  3. operative(adj)

    being in force or having or exerting force

    "operative regulations"; "the major tendencies operative in the American political system"

  4. surgical, operative(adj)

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

    "a surgical appendix"; "a surgical procedure"; "operative dentistry"

  5. operative(adj)

    effective; producing a desired effect

    "the operative word"

  6. running(a), operative, functional, working(a)(adj)

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

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

GCIDE

  1. Operative(n.)

    One who acts as an agent of another, especially a detective or spy.

Wiktionary

  1. operative(Noun)

    An employee or other worker with some particular function or skill.

  2. operative(Noun)

    A spy, secret agent, or detective.

  3. operative(Noun)

    A participant of an operation.

  4. operative(Adjective)

    Effectual or important.

    He's usually in a good mood u2014 the operative word there being "usually". Today was a disaster.

  5. operative(Adjective)

    Functional, in working order.

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of operative in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of operative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Abid Naseer:

    Abid is innocent, he is not a terrorist. He is not an Al Qaeda operative.

  2. Michael Raymond-James:

    He was so much more involved than that. He was a major operative and a huge thorn in the British crown, sons of Liberty.

  3. Henry Watton:

    In architecture as in all other operative arts, the end must direct the operation. The end is to build well. Well building has three conditions Commodity, Firmness and Delight.

  4. Paul Fisher:

    Insurers will need to deal with the PRA in an open, co-operative and constructive manner, to allow us to understand whether the business model is sustainable and to identify key vulnerabilities.

  5. Feltham:

    There is nothing more operative than sedulity and diligence. A man would wonder at the mighty things which have been done by degrees and gentle augmentations. Diligence and moderation are the best steps whereby to climb to any excellence, nay, it is rare that there is any other other way.

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Translations for operative

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  • operatorioSpanish
  • asiamies, toimija, toimiva, vaikuttavaFinnish
  • opératoireFrench
  • operatorio, operativoItalian
  • werkzaamDutch
  • operatórioPortuguese
  • действенный, работать, рабочий, эффективный, действоватьRussian

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