- operations research,
- operations room,
- operator gene,
Origin of operative
Examples from the Web for operatively
In willing actively and operatively to be that which he was made in order to be, he becomes creative—so far as a man may.There and Back|George MacDonald
"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).
"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.