Dictionary Results for operative

1. operative - noun

· a person secretly employed in espionage for a government

Synonym(s): secret_agent, intelligence_officer, intelligence_agent

Hypernym(s): agent

2. operative - noun

· someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information

Synonym(s): private_detective, PI, private_eye, private_investigator, shamus, sherlock

Hypernym(s): detective

3. operative - adjective

· being in force or having or exerting force; "operative regulations"; "the major tendencies operative in the American political system"

Antonym(s): inoperative

4. operative - adjective

· relating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine; "a surgical appendix"; "a surgical procedure"; "operative dentistry"

Synonym(s): surgical

5. operative - adjective

· effective; producing a desired effect; "the operative word"

6. operative - adjective

· (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing; "in running (or working) order"; "a functional set of brakes"

Synonym(s): running, functional, working

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