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


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

SYNONYMS FOR operative
1. workman, factory hand. 2. investigator, agent. 6. effectual, serviceable.

Related forms
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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


British Dictionary definitions for operatively

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 Formsoperatively, adverboperativeness or operativity, noun

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Word Origin and History for operatively
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Medicine definitions for operatively

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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