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Definition of Operative


  1. Having the power of acting; hence, exerting force, physical or moral; active in the production of effects; as, an operative motive.
  2. Producing the appropriate or designed effect; efficacious; as, an operative dose, rule, or penalty.
  3. Based upon, or consisting of, an operation or operations; as, operative surgery.
  4. A skilled worker; an artisan; esp., one who operates a machine in a mill or manufactory.
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Operative Translations

operative in Afrikaans is werker
operative in Danish is arbejder
operative in Dutch is arbeider, werkman, werker, werkkracht
operative in French is ouvrier
operative in Portuguese is obreiro, operativo
operative in Spanish is operativo, obrero