- operations research,
- operations room,
- operator gene,
Origin of operative
Examples from the Web for operative
“It seems to me that the operative questions are political and strategic, not legal,” said the former administration official.
“That was a good sign,” said one operative helping to lay the groundwork for a Hillary run.
Make way not for ducklings but for relentless darkness: so the operative mantra goes.
However, one prominent Iowa Democratic operative was left shaking his head at the mailer.
And McCrum, whose investigation led to the indictment, is no Democratic operative.
In this case, the diaper wrapped about the body of Morello's baby attracted the experienced eye of operative Gallagher.The Barrel Mystery|William J. (William James) Flynn
Would you outline briefly the operative procedures which you performed on the Governor, please?Warren Commission (4 of 26): Hearings Vol. IV (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
The operative from the folding and packing room was chairman of the Housing Committee, a strong union enthusiast.Working With the Working Woman|Cornelia Stratton Parker
“Wasted his own time and mine,” the operative responded in immeasurable contempt.The Crevice|William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
All you could see at that point was the operative procedure, the cutting of the surgeon's blade in Dallas?Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
"producing the intended effect," early 15c., from Old French operatif (14c.) or directly from Late Latin operativus "creative, formative," from operat-, past participle stem of operari (see operation). Weakened sense of "significant, important" is from 1955.
"worker, operator," 1809, from operative (adj.); sense of "secret agent, spy" is first attested 1930, probably from its use by the Pinkerton Detective Agency as a title for their private detectives (1905).