What does operative mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. secret agent, intelligence officer, intelligence agent, operativenoun

    a person secretly employed in espionage for a government

  2. private detective, PI, private eye, private investigator, operative, shamus, sherlockadjective

    someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information

  3. operativeadjective

    being in force or having or exerting force

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

  4. surgical, operativeadjective

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

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

  5. operativeadjective

    effective; producing a desired effect

    "the operative word"

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

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

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

GCIDE

  1. Operativenoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. operativenoun

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

  2. operativenoun

    A spy, secret agent, or detective.

  3. operativenoun

    A participant of an operation.

  4. operativeadjective

    Effectual or important.

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

  5. operativeadjective

    Functional, in working order.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Operativeadjective

    Having the power of acting; having forcible agency.

    Etymology: from operate.

    To be over curious in searching how God’s all-piercing and operative spirit distinguishing gave form to the matter of the universal, is a search like unto his, who not contented with a known ford, will presume to pass over the greatest rivers in all parts where he is ignorant of their depths. Ral.

    Many of the nobility endeavoured to make themselves popular, by speaking in parliament against those things which were most grateful to his majesty; and he thought a little discountenance upon those persons would suppress that spirit within themselves, or make the poison of it less operative upon others. Edward Hyde.

    In actions of religion we should be zealous, active and operative, so far as prudence will permit. Taylor.

    This circumstance of the promise must give life to all the rest, and make them operative toward the producing of good life. Decay of Piety.

    It holds in all operative principles, especially in morality; in which, not to proceed, is certainly to go backward. South.

    The will is the conclusion of an operative syllogism. John Norris.

Entomology

  1. Operative

    in working order or actually working.

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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. Simon Karger from technology developers:

    With Chimaera, what we've done is we've combined smart sensing technology, pre-operative planning, we've taken small implant form-factors; and we've combined both implant delivery with surgical tool to provide a completely connected, unified surgical system that has the potential to take a surgery that maybe only four or five people in the world can carry out today and make it accessible to a broad cross-section of general surgeons. By doing that we make it accessible to a much, much broader patient population.

  2. Saul Anuzis:

    He's a hyper-fast moving type of guy, when he sits across from you and says,' I'm making a commitment and I'm asking you to make a commitment,' -- he's not benefiting from it financially or politically in any way -- I think that's a pretty powerful selling tool to have.' Keep the Promises This summer, Toby Neugebauer stepped back from day-to-day operations and was replaced primarily by David Barton, a Texas operative with deep ties to the nation's pastors. Tom Patrick, Tom Patrick, said Tom Patrick hadn't heard from Toby Neugebauer in months. Like David Barton, the three groups tied to the three anchor families all have religious tones. Keep the Promise III, backed solely by $ 15 million from Texas fracking giants Farris and Dan Wilks, is breaking through in digital organizing via Promise III Reigniting the Promise project, with a months-old Facebook page that has quickly earned more than 350,000 likes. Conservative Solutions Project is advised by Jon Francis, a Dan Wilks family member and the manager of their philanthropic giving, along with a coterie of anti-abortion activists from a group called Online for Life, who have no prior experience in partisan politics. Keep the Promise I, funded by Long Island billionaire Robert Mercer and helmed by Kellyanne Conway, a well-regarded GOP political operative, is focusing a $ 1 million radio campaign on Christian channels in Iowa, where Ted Cruz is increasingly polling well. The $ 11 million group is also diversifying its portfolio and hiring organizers in the states. Steve King, an Iowa political operative and son of powerful Rep. Steve King, is leading a growing field team in the Hawkeye State, and there are plans to staff up in South Carolina as well to supplement the official campaign field team -- which South Carolina's bumping into on the trail.

  3. 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.

  4. Richard Blumenthal:

    This kind of back channel for the President's personal attorney, a political operative ought to... deeply alarm and frighten America because it in essence, weaponizes law enforcement and the Department of Justice as a political tool.

  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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