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See also: opérative
- Effectual or important.
- He's usually in a good mood — the operative word there being "usually". Today was a disaster.
- Functional, in working order.
- Having the power of acting; hence, exerting force, physical or moral; active in the production of effects.
- an operative motive
- 1988 April 2, Phillip Brian Harper, “Lesbians and gay men of color, speak out!”, in Gay Community News, page 9:
- This call is operative not merely on the level of abstract theory.
- Producing the appropriate or designed effect; efficacious.
- an operative dose, rule, or penalty
- Based upon, or consisting of, a surgical operation or operations. [from 18th c.]
- operative surgery
based upon a surgical operation
operative (plural operatives)
- An employee or other worker with some particular function or skill.
- A spy, secret agent, or detective.
- A participant in an operation.
participant in an operation
- James A. H. Murray [et al.], editors (1884–1928), “Operative”, in A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles (Oxford English Dictionary), volume VII (O–P), London: Clarendon Press, →OCLC, page 145, column 2.
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