secret agent, intelligence officer, intelligence agent, operative(noun)
a person secretly employed in espionage for a government
private detective, PI, private eye, private investigator, operative, shamus, sherlock(adj)
someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information
being in force or having or exerting force
"operative regulations"; "the major tendencies operative in the American political system"
relating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine
"a surgical appendix"; "a surgical procedure"; "operative dentistry"
effective; producing a desired effect
"the operative word"
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"
One who acts as an agent of another, especially a detective or spy.
An employee or other worker with some particular function or skill.
A spy, secret agent, or detective.
A participant of an operation.
Effectual or important.
He's usually in a good mood u2014 the operative word there being "usually". Today was a disaster.
Functional, in working order.
The numerical value of operative in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of operative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Abid is innocent, he is not a terrorist. He is not an Al Qaeda operative.
Abid is innocent, he is not a terrorist. He is not an al-Qaida operative.
It is unfortunate that some overzealous low-level operative tried to take advantage of him.
In the case of Venezuela we will be returning our ambassador immediately to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana.
In those circumstances, places of worship could be seen as open to the public, the operative word is ‘ could. ’.
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