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Definitions of operative:
  • noun:   a person secretly employed in espionage for a government
  • noun:   someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information
  • adjective:   effective; producing a desired effect
    Example: "The operative word"
  • adjective:   of or relating to a surgical operation
    Example: "Operative surgery"
  • adjective:   being in force or having or exerting force
    Example: "Operative regulations"
  • adjective:   (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing
  • adjective:   relating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine
    Example: "Operative dentistry"

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