operative

[op-er-uh-tiv, op-ruh-tiv, op-uh-rey-tiv]

noun

adjective


Nearby words

  1. operationalism,
  2. operationalization,
  3. operationalize,
  4. operations research,
  5. operations room,
  6. operatively,
  7. operatize,
  8. operator,
  9. operator gene,
  10. operatory

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

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 Formsoperatively, adverboperativeness or operativity, noun

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Word Origin and History for operative
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Medicine definitions for operative

operative

[ŏpər-ə-tĭv, -ə-rā′tĭv, ŏprə-]

adj.

Of, relating to, or resulting from a surgical operation.
Functioning effectively; efficient.

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