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op·er·a·tive

 (ŏp′ər-ə-tĭv, -ə-rā′tĭv, ŏp′rə-)
adj.
1. Being in effect; having force; operating: "Two major tendencies are operative in the American political system" (Heinz Eulau).
2. Functioning effectively; efficient.
3. Engaged in or concerned with physical or mechanical activity.
4. Of, relating to, or resulting from a surgical operation.
5. Significant; most important; key: The operative word is "low-fat."
n.
1. A skilled worker, especially in industry.
2.
a. A secret agent; a spy.
b. A private investigator.
3. One who works for a political organization, often wielding influence out of public view.

op′er·a·tive·ly adv.
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operative

(ˈɒpərətɪv)
adj
1. in force, effect, or operation
2. exerting force or influence
3. producing a desired effect; significant: the operative word.
4. (Surgery) of or relating to a surgical procedure
n
5. a worker, esp one with a special skill
6. US a private detective
ˈoperatively adv
ˈoperativeness, ˌoperaˈtivity n
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op•er•a•tive

(ˈɒp ər ə tɪv, ˈɒp rə tɪv, ˈɒp əˌreɪ tɪv)

n.
1. a person engaged or skilled in some branch of work, esp. productive or industrial work; worker.
3. a secret agent; spy.
4. a clever manipulator; operator.
adj.
5. operating, or exerting force or influence.
6. being in effect or operation.
7. effective or efficacious.
8. significant; key.
9. concerned with, involving, or pertaining to surgical operations.
[1590–1600; < Middle French operatif]
op′er•a•tive•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.operative - a person secretly employed in espionage for a governmentoperative - a person secretly employed in espionage for a government
agent - a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations
agent-in-place - an operative serving as a penetration into an intelligence target
agent provocateur, provocateur - a secret agent who incites suspected persons to commit illegal acts
bridge agent - an operative who acts as a courier or go-between from a case officer to a secret agent in a hostile area
case officer - an operative who also serves as an official staffer of an intelligence service
codetalker, windtalker - a secret agent who was one of the Navajos who devised and used a code based on their native language; the code was unbroken by the Japanese during World War II
foot - a member of a surveillance team who works on foot or rides as a passenger
NOC - an undercover agent who is given no official cover
spy, undercover agent - (military) a secret agent hired by a state to obtain information about its enemies or by a business to obtain industrial secrets from competitors
walk-in - an operative who initiates his own defection (usually to a hostile country) for political asylum
2.operative - someone who can be employed as a detective to collect informationoperative - someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information
detective - an investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information not easily available to the public
hotel detective, house detective - a private detective employed by a hotel or retail store
inquiry agent - a private detective
store detective - a private detective employed by a merchant to stop pilferage
Adj.1.operative - being in force or having or exerting force; "operative regulations"; "the major tendencies operative in the American political system"
inoperative - not working or taking effect; "an inoperative law"
2.operative - relating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine; "a surgical appendix"; "a surgical procedure"; "operative dentistry"
3.operative - effective; producing a desired effect; "the operative word"
significant, important - important in effect or meaning; "a significant change in tax laws"; "a significant change in the Constitution"; "a significant contribution"; "significant details"; "statistically significant"
4.operative - (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing; "in running (or working) order"; "a functional set of brakes"
functioning - performing or able to perform its regular function; "a functioning flashlight"
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operative

adjective
2. working, going, running, functioning Make sure that the safety equipment is operative.
3. relevant, important, key, fitting, significant, appropriate, crucial, influential, apt, applicable, indicative, pertinent, apposite, germane A small whisky may help you sleep - `small' being the operative word.
noun
1. worker, hand, employee, mechanic, labourer, workman, artisan, machinist, working man or working woman In an automated car plant there is not a human operative to be seen.
2. (U.S. & Canad.) spy, secret agent, double agent, secret service agent, undercover agent, mole, foreign agent, fifth columnist, nark (Brit., Austral., & N.Z. slang) The CIA wants to protect its operatives.
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operative

adjective
1. In effect:
3. In action or full operation:
noun
2. A person who secretly observes others to obtain information:
Informal: spook.
Idiom: secret agent.
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Translations
فَعّال، نافِذ المَفْعول
gældendevirksom
virkur, í gildi
yürürlükte

operative

[ˈɒpərətɪv]
A. ADJ
1. (gen) → operativo
the operative wordla palabra clave
2. (Jur) to be operativeestar en vigor
to become operative from the 9thentrar en vigor a partir del 9
3. (Med) → operatorio
B. N (= worker) → obrero/a m/f; (with a special skill) → operario/a m/f, obrero/a m/f especializado/a
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operative

[ˈɒpərətɪv]
adj
[measure, scheme] → opérationnel(le)
to be fully operative → être pleinement opérationnel operative word
n (in factory)ouvrier/ière m/foperative word n
the operative word → le mot qui compte
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operative

adj
(= producing an effect) measure, lawswirksam; clausemaßgeblich, entscheidend; (= in effect) lawrechtsgültig, geltend; plan, system, serviceoperativ; “if” being the operative wordwobei „wenn“ das entscheidende Wort ist; to become operative (law) → in Kraft treten; (system etc) → verbindlich eingeführt werden
(Med) treatmentoperativ; operative reportOperationsbericht m; operative riskOperationsrisiko nt
n (of machinery)Maschinenarbeiter(in) m(f); (= detective)Detektiv(in) m(f); (= spy)Agent(in) m(f); (US Pol: = campaign worker) → Parteiarbeiter(in) m(f)
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operative

[ˈɒprətɪv]
1. adj
a. (law, measure) → in vigore, operativo/a, operante
the operative word → la parola chiave
b. (Med) → operatorio/a
2. n (in factory) → operaio/a
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operate

(ˈopəreit) verb
1. to act or work. The sewing-machine isn't operating properly.
2. to do or perform a surgical operation. The surgeon operated on her for appendicitis.
ˌopeˈration noun
1. an action or process, especially when planned. a rescue operation.
2. the process of working. Our plan is now in operation.
3. the act of surgically cutting a part of the body in order to cure disease. an operation for appendicitis.
4. (often in plural) the movement, fighting etc of armies. The general was in command of operations in the north.
ˌopeˈrational adjective
in good working order.
ˈoperative (-rətiv) , ((American) -reitiv) adjective
in action, having effect. Many old laws are still operative.
ˈoperator noun
1. a person who works a machine. a lift operator.
2. a person who connects telephone calls. Ask the operator to connect you to that number.
ˈoperating room noun
(sometimes theatre) the room in a hospital in which operations are performed.
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operative

adj operatorio
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Surgeons trained in both the procedures continued performing routine operative technique of sublay and onlay mesh repairs.
The patient underwent transperitoneal laparoscopic left partial nephrectomy (PN), which is the standard operative technique for cT1 renal tumors in our department, under general anesthesia.
Our operative technique was similar in all 16 patients; some variability in laparoscopic port placement occurred in those patients undergoing simultaneous cholecystectomy.
After appendectomy, repair of inguinal hernia is the most common (10-15%) surgical procedure performed all over the world.17 Since the Bassini's repair in 1887, numerous operative techniques have been reported,18 but yet no definitive operative technique is considered the best.
The operative technique required here is called 'doublespeak.' Let's say a rival for a coveted executive position up for grabs calls the office system you caused to be installed a 'failure.' Respond brilliantly before your rival's insidious comment consigns you into a sinkhole and being branded a bungling fool.
Silverstein and Savalia to discuss and teach the Split Reduction, an operative technique developed and perfected at Hoag, for surgeons across the nation.
Operative technique and its effect on continence in the 3rd month Operative technique Continent Incontinent a Classical extrafascial 15 (45.5%) 18 (54.5%) a vs.
The first operative technique requires: gracilis muscle tendon, two anchors and one screw [9].
All patients underwent a modified LC operative technique with routine cysticotomy and main duct bile flushing.
As yet there is no gold standard operative technique for abdominal wall hernia repair.
The operative technique was the standard or conventional clamp-tie technique with the exception that there was no clamping and also that the dissection was carried out with the same instrument that was the Harmonic Shear FocusR.