operative

[ op-er-uh-tiv, op-ruh-tiv, op-uh-rey-tiv ]SEE DEFINITION OF operative
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR OPERATIVE

When the operative had withdrawn, the detective turned to Ramon.

Blaine demanded, curtly, when the operative paused at length.

Her father, an operative gardener, removed in 1842 to Torwoodlee, Roxburghshire.

He then went to Karazin as signalman and operative in the railway works.

The Spirit of God was operative so far as the unbelief of men permitted.

The captain waved his hand and the operative bent to his task.

With some subjects, however, verbal imagery alone is operative.

And it was a real, feeling, active, and operative gratitude that he so put on.

What operative procedure gives, on the whole, the best results?

In fact, when the donations come to be realised the Operative may be the loser.

WORD ORIGIN

"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.

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