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Definitions of operative

  1. (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing; "in running (or working) order"; "a functional set of brakes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a person secretly employed in espionage for a government Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. of or relating to a surgical operation; "operative surgery" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. being in force or having or exerting force; "operative regulations"; "the major tendencies operative in the American political system" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. relating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine; "a surgical appendix"; "a surgical procedure"; "operative dentistry" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. effective; producing a desired effect; "the operative word" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. Having the power of acting; hence, exerting force, physical or moral; active in the production of effects; as, an operative motive. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Producing the appropriate or designed effect; efficacious; as, an operative dose, rule, or penalty. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Based upon, or consisting of, an operation or operations; as, operative surgery. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. A skilled worker; an artisan; esp., one who operates a machine in a mill or manufactory. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Having the power of acting; having effect; as, an operative law; vigorous. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. An artisan or skilled workman. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. 1. Relating to, or effected by means of an operation. 1. Active, effective. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  15. A skilled workman. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. Having the power of operating or acting: exerting force: producing effects. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. A workman in a manufactory, a laborer. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  18. OPERATIVELY. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. Acting; producing effects. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  20. Exerting power; working efficiently; connected with operations. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. A worker at handicraft; laborer; artizan. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. Operator. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. Having the power of acting; exerting force; producing the effect. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. An artisan or workman. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. Having the power of acting; exerting force; effective. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  26. Having the power of acting; hence, exerting force, physical or moral; active in the production of effects; as, an operative motive; operative laws. dictgcide_fs
  27. Producing the appropriate or designed effect; efficacious; effective; as, an operative dose, rule, or penalty. dictgcide_fs
  28. One who acts as an agent of another, especially a detective or spy. dictgcide_fs
  29. Having effect, in operation, efficacious; practical, not theoretical or contemplative, (the o. part of the work); of surgical operations; hence operatively adv. (N.) worker, artisan, mechanic, workman, mill-hand. [Late Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  30. Pertaining to an operation. American pocket medical dictionary.
  31. Effective; not inert. American pocket medical dictionary.
  32. Having the power of acting; effective. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  33. One who, or that which, operates;- one who performs some act upon the human body by means of the hand, or with instruments. Cabinet Dictionary

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