Definitions for operatively
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
op•er•a•tiveˈɒp ər ə tɪv, ˈɒp rə tɪv, ˈɒp əˌreɪ tɪv(n.)
a person engaged or skilled in some branch of work, esp. productive or industrial work; worker.
a secret agent; spy.
a clever manipulator; operator.
(adj.)operating, or exerting force or influence.
being in effect or operation.
effective or efficacious.
Category: Common Vocabulary
concerned with, involving, or pertaining to surgical operations.
Category: Medicine, Surgery
Origin of operative:
1590–1600; < MF operatif
in a manner to produce an effect
In an operative manner.