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Definition 1: someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for operative in the sense of this definition

(operative is a kind of ...) an investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information not easily available to the public

(... is a kind of operative ) a private detective employed by a hotel or retail store

(... is a kind of operative ) a private detective

(... is a kind of operative ) a private detective employed by a merchant to stop pilferage

Definition 2: a person secretly employed in espionage for a government - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for operative in the sense of this definition

(operative is a kind of ...) a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations

(... is a kind of operative ) (military) a secret agent hired by a state to obtain information about its enemies or by a business to obtain industrial secrets from competitors

(... is a kind of operative ) an undercover agent who is given no official cover

(... is a kind of operative ) a member of a surveillance team who works on foot or rides as a passenger

(... is a kind of operative ) 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

(... is a kind of operative ) an operative who also serves as an official staffer of an intelligence service

(... is a kind of operative ) an operative who acts as a courier or go-between from a case officer to a secret agent in a hostile area

(... is a kind of operative ) a secret agent who incites suspected persons to commit illegal acts

(... is a kind of operative ) an operative serving as a penetration into an intelligence target

(... is a kind of operative ) an operative who initiates his own defection (usually to a hostile country) for political asylum

Definition 3: being in force or having or exerting force - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where operative or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • operative regulations
  • the major tendencies operative in the American political system

(operative is similar to ...) having influence or producing an effect

"many emotional determinants at work" "an operant conscience"

(operative is similar to ...) exerting force or influence

"the law is effective immediately" "a warranty good for two years" "the law is already in effect (or in force)"

(operative is similar to ...) being in effect or operation

"de facto apartheid is still operational even in the `new' African nations" "bus service is in operation during the emergency" "the company had several operating divisions"

(operative is similar to ...) serving to permit or facilitate further work or activity

"discussed the working draft of a peace treaty" "they need working agreements with their neighbor states on interstate projects"

Definition 4: relating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where operative or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a surgical appendix
  • a surgical procedure
  • operative dentistry

Synonyms for operative in the sense of this definition

(operative is similar to ...) happening or done before and in preparation for a surgical operation

(operative is similar to ...) happening or done after a surgical operation

"postoperative complications" "postoperative care"

Definition 5: (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where operative or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • in running (or working) order
  • a functional set of brakes

Synonyms for operative in the sense of this definition

(operative is similar to ...) performing or able to perform its regular function

"a functioning flashlight"

Definition 6: effective; producing a desired effect - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where operative or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the operative word

(operative is similar to ...) important in effect or meaning

"a significant change in tax laws" "a significant change in the Constitution" "a significant contribution" "significant details" "statistically significant"

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