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Adjective
Being in effective operation
“The scheme was soon operative.”
Adjective
Functioning or having effect
“In 1999 and 2000, its members decided to transfer its operative functions into the EU, in order to strengthen its European Security and Defence Policy.”
Adjective
Producing or capable of producing a desired result
“… unfortunately, the operative amount of the medication and the lethal amount were too close for it to be used safely.”
Adjective
Effectual or important
Noun
A worker, especially one in a manufacturing industry
“He worked as a computer operative at a local mail order company setting up websites but police say he had been applying for jobs elsewhere and had good results.”
Noun
A secret agent or private detective
“But neither one of these two fine Americans told me that she was an undercover operative at the CIA.”
Noun
A person not on the police force who investigates criminal or illicit activity or searches for missing persons
“… set in the 1930s, the novel is about a washed-out operative working for a third-rate detective agency.”
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