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operative

[ op-er-uh-tiv, op-ruh-tiv, op-uh-rey-tiv ]
/ ˈɒp ər ə tɪv, ˈɒp rə tɪv, ˈɒp əˌreɪ tɪv /
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noun

adjective

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Origin of operative

1590–1600; <Middle French operatif<Latin operāt(us) (see operate) + Middle French -if-ive

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British Dictionary definitions for operative

operative
/ (ˈɒpərətɪv) /

adjective

in force, effect, or operation
exerting force or influence
producing a desired effect; significantthe operative word
of or relating to a surgical procedure

noun

a worker, esp one with a special skill
US a private detective

Derived forms of operative

operatively, adverboperativeness or operativity, noun
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Medical definitions for operative

operative
[ ŏpər-ə-tĭv, -ə-rā′tĭv, ŏprə- ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or resulting from a surgical operation.
Functioning effectively; efficient.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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