operative

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

adjective


Origin of operative

1590–1600; < Middle French operatif < Latin operāt(us) (see operate) + Middle French -if -ive
Related formsop·er·a·tive·ly, adverbop·er·a·tive·ness, op·er·a·tiv·i·ty [op-er-uh-tiv-i-tee] /ˌɒp ər əˈtɪv ɪ ti/, nounin·ter·op·er·a·tive, noun, adjectivenon·op·er·a·tive, adjectiveun·op·er·a·tive, adjective

Synonyms for operative

1. workman, factory hand. 2. investigator, agent. 6. effectual, serviceable.
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Examples from the Web for operatively

Historical Examples of 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

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

operative

n.

"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).

operative

adj.

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

operatively in Medicine

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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