[ op-er-uh-tiv, op-ruh-tiv, op-uh-rey-tiv ]
/ ˈɒp ər ə tɪv, ˈɒp rə tɪv, ˈɒp əˌreɪ tɪv /
a person engaged, employed, or skilled in some branch of work, especially productive or industrial work; worker.
a secret agent; spy.
operating, or exerting force, power, or influence.
having force; being in effect or operation: laws operative in this city.
effective or efficacious.
engaged in, concerned with, or pertaining to work or productive activity.
significant; key: The operative word in that sentence is “sometimes.”
Medicine/Medical. concerned with, involving, or pertaining to surgical operations.
Words nearby operative
Origin of operative
OTHER WORDS FROM operative
op·er·a·tive·ly, adverbop·er·a·tive·ness, op·er·a·tiv·i·ty [op-er-uh-tiv-i-tee] /ˌɒp ər əˈtɪv ɪ ti/, nounin·ter·op·er·a·tive, noun, adjectivenon·op·er·a·tive, adjective
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Examples from the Web for nonoperative
The investigation proved, as might have been expected, that the thing was unsound in principle and nonoperative as a device.
British Dictionary definitions for nonoperative
/ (ˈɒpərətɪv) /
in force, effect, or operation
exerting force or influence
producing a desired effect; significantthe operative word
of or relating to a surgical procedure
a worker, esp one with a special skill
US a private detective
Derived forms of operativeoperatively, adverboperativeness or operativity, noun
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Medical definitions for nonoperative
[ ŏp′ər-ə-tĭv, -ə-rā′tĭv, ŏp′rə- ]
Of, relating to, or resulting from a surgical operation.
Functioning effectively; efficient.
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