What does operative mean?

Definitions for operative
ˈɒp ər ə tɪv, ˈɒp rə tɪv, ˈɒp əˌreɪ tɪvop·er·a·tive

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.

How to pronounce operative?

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How to say operative in sign language?

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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

Examples of operative in a Sentence

  1. White House:

    I know the difference between a whistleblower and a 'deep state' operative. This is a 'deep state' operative pure and simple.

  2. Abid Naseer:

    Abid is innocent, he is not a terrorist. He is not an al-Qaida operative.

  3. C. C. Colton:

    There is a diabolical trio existing in the natural man, implacable, inextinguishable, co-operative and consentaneous, pride, envy, and hate; pride that makes us fancy we deserve all the goods that others possess; envy that some should be admired while we are overlooked; and hate, because all that is bestowed on others, diminishes the sum we think due to ourselves.

  4. Jack Glaser:

    But when they're busy doing their job, they're distracted. The biases are still going to be operative and influence them unless you change the practices and the policies, the bottom line is we don't know how to change the biases in a meaningful, lasting way, because they're... the way we think normally and they're based on years of exposure. So in the absence of being able to change them, we need to change the way people make decisions and the way that they act.

  5. Edith Hamilton:

    What the people wanted was a government which would provide a comfortable life for them, and with this as the foremost object ideas of freedom and self-reliance and service to the community were obscured to the point of disappearing. Athens was more and more looked on as a co-operative business possessed of great wealth in which all citizens had a right to share. Athens had reached the point of rejecting independence, and the freedom she now wanted was freedom from responsibility. There could be only one result. If men insisted on being free from the burden of a life that was self-dependent and also responsible for the common good, they would cease to be free at all. Responsibility was the price every man must pay for freedom. It was to be had on no other terms.

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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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