Definitions for operatively

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

op•er•a•tiveˈɒp ər ə tɪv, ˈɒp rə tɪv, ˈɒp əˌreɪ tɪv(n.)

  1. a person engaged or skilled in some branch of work, esp. productive or industrial work; worker.

  2. Ref: detective

  3. a secret agent; spy.

  4. a clever manipulator; operator.

    Category: Government

  5. (adj.)operating, or exerting force or influence.

  6. being in effect or operation.

  7. effective or efficacious.

  8. significant; key.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  9. concerned with, involving, or pertaining to surgical operations.

    Category: Medicine, Surgery

Origin of operative:

1590–1600; < MF operatif


Princeton's WordNet

  1. operatively(adverb)

    in a manner to produce an effect


  1. operatively(Adverb)

    In an operative manner.


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