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Operative meaning

operative - 5 dictionary results

  1. 1. Having the power of acting; hence, exerting force, physical or moral; active in the production of effects; as, an operative motive.
  2. 2. Producing the appropriate or designed effect; efficacious; as, an operative dose, rule, or penalty.
  3. 3. Based upon, or consisting of, an operation or operations; as, operative surgery.
  4. 4. A skilled worker; an artisan; esp., one who operates a machine in a mill or manufactory.
  5. 5. Acting; producing effects.

operative - examples of usage

  1. In fact, when the donations come to be realised the Operative may be the loser. - "The Sins of Séverac Bablon", Sax Rohmer.
  2. For Miss Lawton's sake, because she is in trouble, we are interested just now in Paddington's movements, and naturally my operative was not aware that it was to meet you he went to the park." - "The Crevice", William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander.
  3. He'll come to in half an hour, none the worse," the operative responded. - "The Crevice", William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander.
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