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    operative - Dictionary definition and meaning for word operative

    Definition
    (noun) a person secretly employed in espionage for a government Definition
    (noun) someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information Definition
    (adj) being in force or having or exerting force
    Example Sentence
    • operative regulations
    • the major tendencies operative in the American political system
    Definition
    (adj) relating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine
    Synonyms : surgical
    Example Sentence
    • a surgical appendix
    • a surgical procedure
    • operative dentistry
    Definition
    (adj) effective; producing a desired effect
    Example Sentence
    • the operative word
    Definition
    (adj) (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing
    Synonyms : functional , running , working
    Example Sentence
    • in running (or working) order
    • a functional set of brakes
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