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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Operative  \Op"er*a*tive\,  a.  [Cf.L.  operativus  F.  op['e]ratif.] 
  1.  Having  the  power  of  acting;  hence  exerting  force, 
  physical  or  moral;  active  in  the  production  of  effects; 
  as  an  operative  motive. 
  It  holds  in  all  operative  principles.  --South. 
  2.  Producing  the  appropriate  or  designed  effect;  efficacious; 
  as  an  operative  dose,  rule  or  penalty. 
  3.  (Surg.)  Based  upon  or  consisting  of  an  operation  or 
  operations;  as  operative  surgery. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Operative  \Op"er*a*tive\,  n. 
  A  skilled  worker;  an  artisan;  esp.,  one  who  operates  a 
  machine  in  a  mill  or  manufactory. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  being  in  force  or  having  or  exerting  force;  "operative 
  regulations";  "the  major  tendencies  operative  in  the 
  American  political  system"  [ant:  {inoperative}] 
  2:  of  or  relating  to  a  surgical  operation;  "operative  surgery" 
  3:  relating  to  or  requiring  or  amenable  to  treatment  by  surgery 
  especially  as  opposed  to  medicine;  "a  surgical  appendix"; 
  "a  surgical  procedure";  "operative  dentistry"  [syn:  {surgical}] 
  [ant:  {medical}] 
  4:  effective;  producing  a  desired  effect;  "the  operative  word" 
  [syn:  {key}] 
  5:  (of  e.g.  a  machine)  performing  or  capable  of  performing;  "in 
  running  (or  working)  order";  "a  functional  set  of  brakes" 
  [syn:  {running(a)},  {functional},  {working(a)}] 
  n  1:  a  person  secretly  employed  in  espionage  for  a  government 
  [syn:  {secret  agent},  {intelligence  officer},  {intelligence 
  2:  someone  who  can  be  employed  as  a  detective  to  collect 
  information  [syn:  {private  detective},  {PI},  {private  eye}, 
  {private  investigator},  {sherlock}] 

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