Definitions of operative

  1. ( of e. g. a machine) performing or capable of performing; " in running ( or working) order"; " a functional set of brakes"
  2. a person secretly employed in espionage for a government
  3. of or relating to a surgical operation; " operative surgery"
  4. being in force or having or exerting force; " operative regulations"; " the major tendencies operative in the American political system"
  5. relating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine; " a surgical appendix"; " a surgical procedure"; " operative dentistry"
  6. effective; producing a desired effect; " the operative word"
  7. Having the power of acting; hence, exerting force, physical or moral; active in the production of effects; as, an operative motive.
  8. Producing the appropriate or designed effect; efficacious; as, an operative dose, rule, or penalty.
  9. Based upon, or consisting of, an operation or operations; as, operative surgery.
  10. A skilled worker; an artisan; esp., one who operates a machine in a mill or manufactory.
  11. Having the power of acting; having effect; as, an operative law; vigorous.
  12. An artisan or skilled workman.
  13. 1. Relating to, or effected by means of an operation. 1. Active, effective.
  14. A skilled workman.
  15. Having the power of operating or acting: exerting force: producing effects.
  16. A workman in a manufactory, a laborer.
  18. Acting; producing effects.
  19. Exerting power; working efficiently; connected with operations.
  20. A worker at handicraft; laborer; artizan.
  21. Operator.
  22. Having the power of acting; exerting force; producing the effect.
  23. An artisan or workman.
  24. Having the power of acting; exerting force; effective.

Usage examples for operative

  1. When the operative was through talking, he came out and saw Ted. – Ted Marsh on an Important Mission by Elmer Sherwood
  2. After using their constitutional right to purchase lieu lands, they are entitled to a profit on the investment, and besides, I must show a 'valuable consideration' or have a secret service operative trailing me. – The Long Chance by Peter B. Kyne
  3. Really he didn't know what to do, and as he had no great desire to begin new undertakings, he wanted to call the Co- operative dead, but Dr. Ortigosa was not disposed to abandon the idea. – Cæsar or Nothing by Pío Baroja Baroja
  4. That was the way they ran things in the Hunters' Co- operative. – Four-Day Planet by Henry Beam Piper
  5. Surely, he would be a poor Christian who did not rejoice in every reasonable expectation which new forms of co- operative organization can fulfil. – Christianity and Progress by Harry Emerson Fosdick
  6. Tess could eventually join him there, and perhaps in that country of contrasting scenes and notions and habits the conventions would not be so operative which made life with her seem impracticable to him here. – Tess of the d'Urbervilles A Pure Woman by Thomas Hardy
  7. I have a co- operative farm, for instance. – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  8. A continuously operative primary battery. – Edison, His Life and Inventions by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
  9. The angel replied, " The delight of the soul is derived from love and wisdom proceeding from the Lord; and as love is operative, and that by means of wisdom, therefore they are both fixed together in the effect of such operation; which effect is use. – The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love by Emanuel Swedenborg
  10. The operative who is sending with positive pole to line pushes his current through- so to speak- while the operative who is sending with the negative pole to line pulls more current in the same direction through the line whenever he closes his key. – Electricity and Magnetism Nature's Miracles, Vol. III. by Elisha Gray
  11. I guessed from her conversation, as well as from her general appearance, that she was a factory operative in full employ- though that is such a rare thing in these parts now. – Home-Life of the Lancashire Factory Folk during the Cotton Famine by Edwin Waugh
  12. Operative treatment is called for in exceptional cases. – Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition. by Alexander Miles Alexis Thomson
  13. All three of these functions- strengthening, opposing, and replacing stress- are operative in verse. – The Principles of English Versification by Paull Franklin Baum
  14. Two years after he came the present system of revenue from the State was first made operative. – The University of Michigan by Wilfred Shaw
  15. Operative treatment is rarely called for. – Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition. by Alexander Miles Alexis Thomson
  16. Ukraine's Natural Wealth, Needs and Commercial Opportunities: The Ukrainian Co- operative Societies and Their Influence. – Memorandum to the Government of the United States on the Recognition of the Ukrainian People's Republic by Julian Batchinsky